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200 Million Pages And Counting: AMD Adds To The Tally Of Accusations Against Intel


Sunnyvale (CA) - The legal battle between Advanced Micro Devices and Intel has become more contentious, as AMD has added to its list of allegations filed against the rival chip-maker.

AMD first filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel in 2005, claiming that it engaged in unfair business practices in deals with Dell, IBM and HP. The discovery phase has generated an estimated 200 million pages of documents so far.

And it appears, we are far from reaching the end. AMD has filed new accusations, alleging that that Intel "pays people not to deal with AMD." This new claim is the result of AMD getting a hold of "several" e-mails between Intel and PC makers, according to AMD counsel Charles P. Diamond.

Unfortunately, the public won’t get the nitty and gritty of this new information. The Wall Street Journal said that most of the details in the 108-page court filing are blocked to public access because of a protective order.

Intel’s defense is so far is that the microprocessor market simply is competitive and that its business practices were not illegal. "AMD’s complaint about Intel’s discounting boils down to a complaint that Intel is a more efficient competitor," the company said in its filing.

One of the key reasons for AMD to add allegations to the suit is support its claim that it needs more time for evidence discovery. The company is asking for several more months to find more witnesses.

Intel is actively trying to prevent that, though. "They’re asking for way more than is necessary," Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy told the Journal.

  • davidgbailey
    200 million pages detailing how they're getting their asses handed to them by making inferior products and falling way behind in technology. Some companies worry about suing profitable, successful companies for profits instead of focusing on what they actually exist for: to make good products. Imagine the time and resources wasted that could have been used towards...innovation.
  • Shadowolf
    I agree....if you can't bet them sue them...... :)
  • I dont know if suit has merit or not. I guess you guys think there's no such thing as improper corporate behavior? You talk like anything goes and no one should ever sue anyone. There's no way you could know this suit is a 'waste' as you call it. One thing I do know that's a waste of potential-arrogance.
  • David Bailey I don't think you put enough thought into your conclusion. There are laws out there to protect capitalism and prevent monopolies. For example, if Intel says we'll give Dell an extra discount on our processors if you don't use AMD processors in product line x then Intel would be unfairly undercutting AMD. Or if Intel cut's pricing, maybe even below their own production cost, on a product in one of AMD's strong areas so AMD can't sell their product. I don't see how you could think this is acceptable and not jeopardizing America's capitalism.

    Furthermore, you mention "the time and resources wasted." I agree, wasting time and resources is poor management. It's not poor management when companies like Intel suck the resources out of companies like AMD by stopping their revenues from coming in with unfair business practices. I'd like to see how you'd do running AMD against a bastard of a competitor like Intel.

    Bottom line: Intel is trying to put AMD out of business instead of just being profitable. If AMD is gone Intel can cut their R&D down and just focus on mass profits. Don't you want a choice of processors?