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By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2005-06-28 Print this article Print

AMD also charges that Intel established and enforced quotas that required retailers such as Best Buy and Circuit City to stock mostly or only exclusively Intel computers. AMD claims Office Depot declined to stock AMD-processor notebooks, citing the risk of retaliation. AMD also said Intel used its position to handicap AMD systems on a technical level. Intel denied AMD access to the highest level of membership for the Advanced DRAM technology consortium and designed its compilers, which translate software programs into machine-readable language, to degrade a programs performance if operated on a computer with an AMD chip, the suit charges.
Now that AMD has filed the suit, it will enter a discovery phase as it is prepared for an eventual trial.
Starting Tuesday, companies named in the complaint and some others will receive legal notices asking them to start to maintain all documents that may be relevant to the AMD claims. "Well start to comb through all that data looking for evidence of Intels wrongdoing," Prairie said. "Were expecting a long, hard fight against Intel. But eventually, well get into court to have the charges heard or Intels behavior will stop" as part of some sort of settlement. AMD is also encouraging regulators around the world to take a closer look at Intel. The European Commission, for example, continues its own investigation. "We think a number of folks will continue to take a look at it," Prairie said. "Im sure as we turn over documents and evidence that may be of interest to other parties that will help further investigations." Intel representatives could not immediately be reached for comment. Editors Note: This story was updated to include more comments from AMD executives. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.

John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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