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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Patents should be scrapped
by robinh on Mon 16th Mar 2009 21:51 UTC
robinh
Member since:
2006-12-19

2 problems here:

1) The patents system is totally and utterly broken (particularly in the U.S).

2) Our capitalist system values money above all else.

Ergo, otherwise sane and intelligent people and companies turn in to one-dimensional greed machines (cough, SCO, cough). Why work hard and make something useful (like x86 chips, for example) when you can play the system and make money instead?

We need to trim the patent system heavily, and re-focus our society away from the mindless worship of money. I mean, look where this has got us all (A.I.G, anyone?)

p.s. Aren't we all glad the U.S has spent so much effort forcibly exporting this lovely system to whomever they fell needs it for so long?!

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RE: Patents should be scrapped
by poundsmack on Mon 16th Mar 2009 21:59 in reply to "Patents should be scrapped"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

ok a few flaws.

1. intel makes TONS of money on patents it holds, infact it could survive as a company without them.

2. Without said money comming in from the licencing of those patents R@D would suffer the most leading to slower updates and less technological advances

3. eh screw it. While i believe the US patent system needs to be refomed I don't think patents should be scrapped. They are needed, but they need to be closer to how pharmasuticals work where the patens expire much faster. that way it will spur inovation faster due to patens expirations.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

While i believe the US patent system needs to be refomed I don't think patents should be scrapped. They are needed, but they need to be closer to how pharmasuticals work where the patens expire much faster. that way it will spur inovation faster due to patens expirations.


The only way that patents spur innovation in IT is that companies spend extra R&D dollars to come up with a different system to get around existing patents. Intel's only real advantage in the marketplace is a large base of software products (existing Windows applications) that are distributed as binary executable files, for x86 only.

There is however, a large and ever-growing base of software that is distributed as source code, and which performs equivalent functions. OpenOffice.org, for example, is said to have grabbed about 20% of the installed base of desktop Office suites. Most of this is on x86, but OpenOffice is not constrained to that architecture ... and OpenOfice users can easily move to an alternative architecture if need be.

If Intel push too hard, other architectures and operating systems can perhaps get a foothold in some of Intel's core markets.

Obligatory supporting links:

At stake:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?no_d2=1&sid=09/03/16/1839231
"At stake is not only AMD's ability to build processors that use Intel's x86 technology, but also Intel's ability to use AMD's x86-64 tech in its CPUs".

Wow. Potentially, no AMD x86 at all, and no x86-64 from Intel. Itanium, anybody?

Other alternative architectures:

On netbooks (ARM):
http://www.product-reviews.net/2008/11/13/arm-netbook-custom-ubuntu...

On high-performance servers (SPARC):
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/03/09/suns-rock-processor-trac...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_processor

Edited 2009-03-16 22:40 UTC

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