AMD sues Intel!

By Derek Sooman on June 29, 2005, 6:28 PM
In some very interesting news, AMD has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corp., accusing Intel of unfair competition, which limited market share growth of AMD. AMD claims that Intel's actions have led to freedom of choice being stolen away in the microprocessor market, in addition to a number of other complaints.

“Everywhere in the world, customers deserve freedom of choice and the benefits of innovation -- and these are being stolen away in the microprocessor market,” said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “Whether through higher prices from monopoly profits, fewer choices in the marketplace or barriers to innovation – people from Osaka to Frankfurt to Chicago pay the price in cash every day for Intel’s monopoly abuses.”
AMD's list of complaints is extensive, accusing Intel of numerous crimes, including forcing major customers to accept exclusive deals, threatening retaliation against customers doing business with AMD and forcing PC makers to boycott AMD product launches. AMD have also set up a website dubbed "Fair and Equal Competition Home", where AMD lays out the innovation the company has undertaken in the years its been in business.

Where this one will go is anyone's guess. Many of these allegation are very serious, and whatever happens we are doubtlessly looking at a very long case and eventual resolution, if any.

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