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Intel Receives FTC Subpoena, Slaps AMD

 

Intel today said that it has received a subpoena related to its business practices "with respect to competition in the microprocessor market" from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The company said that it has been working with the FTC since 2006 and has provided "a considerable amount of information and thousands of documents" since then and will continue to "work cooperatively with the FTC staff."

Intel said that it believes that its business practices are "well within" U.S. law.

Intel could not help sideswiping AMD in its statement stating that "this industry is fiercely competitive and working is compelling" and that the market will reward companies when they "perform and execute." If "they falter and under-perform the market responds accordingly," the manufacturer noted.

  • sacre
    It is true. Work hard, you get what you deserve. Intel worked their asses off and now have the market. AMD, you shouldn't have slacked off when you had the X2's.

    Maybe you will jump back and maybe this time you'll understand what happens when you slack off.
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  • kansur0
    Is Intel saying that when they were losing market share to AMD's X2 that they weren't doing things to manipulate and entice system makers to buy what they were selling? And now that they have gained back market share because of AMD's "lack of performance" that they no longer need to stoop to unsavory business practices?

    That's what I thought they were saying.
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  • Intel always had the market, even when their product was inferior. Working hard won't help you if the competition is cheating.
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  • And what exactly is an unsavory business practice? aside from threats, last i checked if intel said here have our processors at a lower cost or even promised something else within their contracts that wouldnt be illegal. Advertisments are designed to maipulate and entice there isnt anytone complaining about that, only when they lie about what they are selling. I havent fully researched what intel has been accused of, but either way AMD should have taken a stronger stance against it if it was so damaging to their pathetic market share.
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  • saljr
    How stupid is Intel said that it believes that its business practices are "well within" U.S. law. Bribe:to give somebody money or some other incentive to do something, especially something illegal or dishonest...Now this is not within U.S. or Most country laws. It seems that Intel is afraid ofAMD. I only buy AMD/ATI.
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  • saljr
    How stupid is Intel said that it believes that its business practices are "well within" U.S. law. Bribe:to give somebody money or some other incentive to do something, especially something illegal or dishonest....Is not within U.S. or most country laws. I only buy AMD.
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  • shiznet
    Intel did not do anything wrong. For example what about the coke and restaurant businesses? most fast foods only offer pepsi products only or coca cola products only, and do so because they receive heavy discounts on the coke. How is this different then what Intel chose to do with its Pentium 4? Yes, I agree, AMD could of been so much more, if only they would of done the same.
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  • Sounds like a little sour graping. AMD fell into the same trap that Intel did, only they aren't as equipped to handle it so they go to the infamous stand-by of today: If you can't beat 'em... SUE 'em all!

    Speaking of tiffs, I expect Intel to respond to Nvidia's shenanigans by using Havok and creating a Physics processor to incorporate into select Westmere or Sandy Bridge Cpus. This would jeopardize the viability Nvidia's acquisition of Ageia's PhysX technology. Then make a license deal with ATI so their cards possess a smoother interface with the new chip for an additional slam on the Green Machine.
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  • If you haven't realized this is back in the A64 days when AMD was beating Intel. This has NOTHING to do with current performance of both of the companies chips.
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  • The ACCUSATION of bribes is AMDs attempt to discredit Intel. People don't understand what the words Hard Work mean at Intel. I do, because I worked there. It is the hardest working company bar none. The workload is brutal. For one reason. They intend to succeed by trying harder than anyone else. If you simply observe the history of these two companies, the things they have said and done, one thing is clear. INTEL is an honorable company. AMD is not. AMD has been untruthful to customers and shareholders much of their history. They're still promising things they know they can't do. Among their many bad behaviors is this campaign to spew distorted misinformation about Intel, with the hope of stealing thru the courts what they couldn't win honestly in the marketplace. I can understand that they were very frustrated. At the time when AMD had a competitive product they couldn't win market share very easily...but it was more because of their history of subpar quality than the extremely agressive pricing of Intel. Finally, the market worked, and they won share. But then Intel buckled down. And there is NO WAY any other company (except Microsoft) could weather the kind of blistering pace they set. So, don't be fooled. The EU may hand AMD a gift because they're moving toward socialism, and don't believe in raw competition. But AMD doesn't deserve anything here. They're simply not as good as Intel.
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