Intel settles dispute with rival for $1.25bn

The two American technology firms that together manufacture nearly all of the microchips in the world’s computers have settled years of legal wrangling. This comes after Intel agreed to pay $1.25bn (£756m) to its smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and to change the way it did business.The deal came as Intel faced intense scrutiny from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic over its dominant position in the global chip market.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/nov/12/intel-amd-settle-disputeAlso see:A.M.D.-Intel Settlement Won’t End Their Woes
The giant chip maker Intel, facing antitrust challenges around the world, announced on Thursday that it would pay $1.25 billion to settle its long-running disputes with its smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices.The settlement, covering both antitrust and patent claims, ends the computer industry’s most bitter legal war.But the truce may not be enough to turn around the fortunes of A.M.D, which has struggled to come up with chips that give it any significant technological or performance edge over Intel, which supplies about 80 percent of the microprocessors that sit at the heart of personal computers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/technology/companies/13chip.htmlIntel settles AMD suits, but antitrust investigations by U.S., E.U. continue
The world’s two biggest chipmakers, whose Silicon Valley headquarters are separated only by a few miles, have put an end to one of the high-tech industry’s longest and costliest legal battles.But Intel’s agreement to pay Advance Micro Devices $1.25 billion to drop multiple lawsuits Thursday won’t stop investigations by U.S. and European antitrust watchdogs. The regulators are investigating allegations Intel used bribes and bullying tactics to maintain its dominance in the highly concentrated chip industry.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/12/AR2009111210555.htmlEditorial: Intel’s $1.25 Billion Settlement
Intel’s antitrust and patent settlement with Advanced Micro Devices is good news for A.M.D., which now finds itself $1.25 billion richer, but it is less clear what it does for the general public. Intel has been accused of stifling competition and driving up prices through a wide array of anticompetitive practices, which may or may not continue now that Intel has agreed to write a large check. Government agencies that have sued Intel or are considering it should not back away.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/opinion/13fri1.html

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