Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Nov 2009 16:01 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Legal Intel and main (and only?) rival AMD have long been embroiled in legal battles regarding antitrust and patent issues. On top of that, antitrust regulators all over the world are investigating Intel for possible antitrust violations, so it looks like Intel needed to close off at least one flank: the company has reached a settlement with AMD, ending all legal disputes between the two chip makers. Intel will pay 1.25 billion USD to AMD.
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Past sins...
by griffinme on Thu 12th Nov 2009 17:36 UTC
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This is a drop in the bucket compared to Intel's past actions. When the original Athlons were eating the P4's lunch I was baffled why more OEM's were not jumping on them. Then when they had the mem controller on chip they were way ahead of Intel and still their market share languished. I don't think we will ever know how many back room deals and arm twistings went on. I am not delusional that AMD is a bunch of angels but this agreement deal stinks. AMD is on the ropes and desperate for cash. Intel gets to walk away from all litigation with what is really a small fine.

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RE: Past sins...
by mckill on Thu 12th Nov 2009 19:29 in reply to "Past sins..."
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memory controller on chip didn't do much against Core 2 Duo, C2D was performing better.

Core i5 and i7 are also performing better than anything AMD has right now too.

Pre Core Duo AMD had really nice performing products beating Intel in performance and price, but one thing that Intel has always had has been graceful overheating adding extra stability and less smoke when a fan dies, this likely also interested OEMs over pure performance.

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RE[2]: Past sins...
by mutantsushi on Thu 12th Nov 2009 20:15 in reply to "RE: Past sins..."
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Funny, I didn't notice the word "Core" anywhere in his post, though "When the original Athlons were eating the P4's lunch" is a pretty clear indicator of time-scale.

In any case, this seems a reasonable deal for AMD. Perhaps the settlement doesn't seem large in terms of SALES, but in terms of profits they reasonably could have made, it doesn't seem far off. Realistically, they didn't have the fab capacity to have completely turned the table on Intel, certainly not before Core/Core2 showed up.

And don't believe Intel is sweating any less over it's ever growing number of anti-trust cases.

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RE[2]: Past sins...
by dizzey on Thu 12th Nov 2009 21:30 in reply to "RE: Past sins..."
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First the on die memory controller came way before core class cpu's. And if amd made their way with oems and actuly earned som money mabye they could have competed better against the core class cpus.

And i have yet to see a athlon going up in smoke becus a fan died. If the whole cpu sink fell of then yes it would die the computer store i worked at sold mostly athlon t-bird systems and we did not have a singel computer returned becus the cpu went up in smoke.

If you cant attache the cpu sink so it wont fall of i dont know how you do it.

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RE[2]: Past sins...
by cerbie on Sat 14th Nov 2009 06:47 in reply to "RE: Past sins..."
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'Cause you know, AMD totally did not have an on-chip sensor, and had no method of protection that would keep the chip from frying itself. And I totally did NOT find out that it worked the hard way, with a Shuttle AK35GT2, by applying Arctic Silver to the plastic sheet protecting the bottom of a brand new SK-7 heatsink. No sirree, didn't happen (ironically, that was why I got an Athlon XP in the first place, having negligently fried my old Duron, and managed then to test it out before my first successful POST ;) ).

Edited 2009-11-14 06:51 UTC

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