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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Patenting = stifles innovation
by Piranha on Mon 16th Mar 2009 18:35 UTC
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This is a prime example of how patenting stifles innovation. Intel is being a big baby and really needs to be put in its place. I kind of hope this goes to the courts and Intel gets slapped around a bit with a large trout for trying to [again] get a Monopoly in the x86 arena.

This really isn't something we want to see, especially during times where AMD is restructuring and trying to get on their feet again.

This wouldn't be nearly as big of a deal if every OS supported x86 alongside other instruction sets, but unfortunately it IS dominate and squeezes out the other contenders. Hopefully a new, un-patented, instruction set comes out of the dust and gives Intel a run for their money.

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