AMD calls on Skype for Intel anti-trust evidence

By Derek Sooman on March 2, 2006, 6:10 PM
AMD, who are currently making allegations that Intel abused its dominant position in the x86 chip market to hinder competitors, has subpoenaed VoIP software developer Skype to give evidence. Its emerged that Skype 2.0 contains features that are only available to PCs fitted with Intel CPUs.

The subpoena instructs Skype to retain all documents dating from 1 January 2000 pertaining to its partnership with Intel, and warns that it may be called upon to present any or all of them before the court. AMD will undoubtedly be hoping to find evidence that Intel leaned on Skype to ensure the ten-way voice conferencing facility in Skype 2.0 wouldn't work on AMD processors.




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mirob said:
Software shuld run on whatever software devolpers want it to. Is AMD on witch hunt?
mentaljedi said:
mirob. that may be true. But i think its the fact that nothing says that there are less features. If Skype straight up said that some things wouldn't work with AMD, i think that it would be more fair. Even if thats just wishful thinking.
asphix said:
The issue here isnt that Skype chose to develop their software with a stronger compatability with Intel. The issue isnt even that Skype didnt inform the public about such optimizations. What AMD is hoping for is to find evidence that Intel badgered, pushed, bullied or bribed skype into doing so.Its fine for skype to choose to make such optimizations for Intel if they have a solid rational reason for such things. But when you think about it, it really doesnt make sense. Why would a company limit their exposure (although limiting to intel only isnt really limiting exposure in the corporate world, where functions such as voice conferencing would be utilized most) when they dont need to?I think AMD is asking themselves that same question, and assuming that Intel has done something moraly or legally unjust to sway Skype to that decision. Regardless.. it seems AMD is just looking for anything to nip at Intel.. reminds me of a 6 year old getting jealous of their older sibling and telling mommy.
mirob said:
Intel payed them, what's wrong with that? Asus makes software that could work on other mobos, but dosen't. Creative makes software that could work with other soundcards, but wont. Even ATi makes software that could work with other video cards. Where's the law suites? AMD is pileing up paperwork and sifting out whatever it can. Makes me think they have yet to find what they have wanted.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Intel payed them, what's wrong with that? Asus makes software that could work on other mobos, but dosen't. Creative makes software that could work with other soundcards, but wont. Even ATi makes software that could work with other video cards. Where's the law suites? AMD is pileing up paperwork and sifting out whatever it can. Makes me think they have yet to find what they have wanted.[/quote]Skype is not Intel software.
chessonly said:
[quote]Intel payed them, what's wrong with that?[/quote]How stupid, they are accused of paying/forcing skype to exclude AMD on purpose, not for a favour. Stop beiing so foolishly biased!!
mirob said:
[b]Originally posted by chessonly:[/b][quote]How stupid, they are accused of paying/forcing skype to exclude AMD on purpose, not for a favour. Stop beiing so foolishly biased!![/quote]I'm sure AMD is unhappy about it, but I realy don't think it's illegal. You now Apple is not happy with OSx on PCs, they think thats illegal. So hacking Skype to work on a AMD would be a crime. :)Skype seems to be Intel software now. Intel's lawyers have been over this. They have too, AMD is breathing down thier neck. I'm certain Skype is as unhappy as Dell is with the deals they have been given. How [b]stupid[/b] it would be to think otherwise.[Edited by mirob on 2006-03-03 18:46:02]
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