Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Mar 2009 17:04 UTC
AMD Recently, AMD spun off its manufacturing business in a partnership with the Abu Dhabi government into Global Foundries. Apparently, Intel isn't very happy about this, and has said in correspondence to AMD that the patent cross-license agreement from 2001 has now been broken by AMD.
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What's Intel up to?
by bannor99 on Mon 16th Mar 2009 18:04 UTC
bannor99
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2005-09-15

This sounds like spin to me but I don't see what Intel stands to gain from this except perhaps to try to extort dollars from AMD.
Of course, anything they can do to delay AMD catching up in manufacturing is a win for Intel.
Quite frankly, while I applaud AMD for the design advances they've made commonplace ( largely technology acquired from the Alpha ), they missed an opportunity to catch up to Chipzilla years ago.

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RE: What's Intel up to?
by poundsmack on Mon 16th Mar 2009 18:14 in reply to "What's Intel up to?"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

some more info

Intel: "Intellectual property is a cornerstone of Intel's technology leadership and for more than 30 years, the company has believed in the strategic importance of licensing intellectual property in exchange for fair value. However AMD cannot unilaterally extend Intel's licensing rights to a third party without Intel's consent," said Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Intel.

"We have attempted to address our concerns with AMD without success since October. We are willing to find a resolution but at the same time we have an obligation to our stockholders to protect the billions of dollars we've invested in intellectual property".

it seems that Intel is not the bad guy here after all. For 6 months now they have been trying to work out this issue with AMD. Thats decent of them, it shows they did not want to rush into a law suite or just do this to try and shut AMD out. ...will be interesting to see how this all turns out

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RE[2]: What's Intel up to?
by sbergman27 on Mon 16th Mar 2009 18:49 in reply to "RE: What's Intel up to?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

it seems that Intel is not the bad guy here after all. For 6 months now they have been trying to work out this issue with AMD.

So extortion is OK as long as they've been trying to do it for a long time?

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