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AMD files anti-trust suit against Intel



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Tuesday it filed an antitrust suit alleging that Intel Corp. has an unlawful monopoly in the microprocessor market, which it contends is used to coerce customers.

AMD (Research) said in its suit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware that Intel has pressured customers, including Dell Inc. (Research) and Sony Corp. (Research), not to deal with AMD.

Shares of Intel (Research), the world's largest chip manufacturer, edged lower in early trading on the Inet electronic trading system.

AMD's lawyer said in a CNBC television interview Tuesday that the company could look for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

In its statement, AMD said it identified 38 companies that have been victims of coercion by Intel. It said the companies include large-scale computer manufacturers, small system builders, wholesale distributors and retailers.

"Everywhere in the world, customers deserve freedom of choice and the benefits of innovation -- and these are being stolen away in the microprocessor market," Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.

The x86 microprocessors run Microsoft Corp.'s (Research) Microsoft Windows and other operating systems.

Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., could not immediately be reached for comment.

This is not the first clash between the companies. In Japan, trade authorities recently said Intel had violated anti-monopoly laws and stifled competition from AMD.

Intel also faces scrutiny from European Union investigators looking into complaints from AMD.


Trance Addict
Poor intel? they arent the ones being robbed out of potential business!

correct response:
Bad form, intel.


Hella Constipated
I read this earlier today. I think Intel's been bullying the market for years and needs a good ass-kicking.

Although if the courts pull the same shit they did with the Nintendo anti-trust case, AMD's pretty fucked. A $500 million penalty, and coupons for NES titles that would be cleared out quickly for the imminent launch of the SNES is a hunk of shit.

If it goes the same way for Intel they might be in luck, especially since the current P4 architecture may be abandoned.