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Intel is facing a federal lawsuit that accuses it of using "illegal threats" to dominate microchip sales.
The New York attorney general accuses Intel of using "bribery and coercion" to make computer manufacturers buy its chips instead of those from its rivals.
Is it too late in the game to do anything about this?
If the case is proven, a solution is simple - Intel and AMD must agree to publish their price lists and stick to them, come what may, with absolutely no backdoor/exclusivity deals. Any such deal should then be treated as bribery and be punishable in the criminal courts with jail time.
That would create a transparent, level playing field which would doubtless lead to more innovation and better deals for consumers. For most of the last fifteen years, AMD products have been faster, cooler and cheaper than Intel's so, if Intel had played fair, AMD would now be the dominant force - it's fair to say that AMD shareholders have been robbed as well as consumers.
As part of the deal, Intel agreed to abide by a set of undisclosed new business practices. The two companies will also cross-license each otherís patents for five years. An Intel spokesman said the companies would release more details of the agreement shortly.
It will be interesting to see those details. It will also be interesting to see what happens to antitrust cases worldwide - Intel could still be in for a serious battering, but if it pleads guilty then perhaps fines will be moderated. In view of this settlement, non-guilty pleas are likely to fall on deaf ears!
I say "used to" because I really don't follow hardware very closely any more. Nevertheless, between about 1995 and 2002, it was mostly Intel that was playing catchup. Initially, AMD failed to get their own Pentium-class processor working but bought NexGen and then produced CPUs which were far in advance of anything Intel could offer. It's also worth noting that Intel's attempt at a 64bit CPU was a miserable failure and they were forced to adopt the AMD instruction set (a fact that has never been properly acknowledged by Intel - indeed when they first launched their 64bit AMD-compatible CPUs at a press conference, journalists were left completely baffled as to whether they were code compatible or not because Intel could not bring themselves to admit that they had copied the AMD instruction set).
AMD just made it rock because their chips would execute 32 bit code and now we have the world we live in today! CATCH UP PROGRAMMERS! stop making 32 bit programs.
at any rate TODAY intel leads the pack on the fast of the fastest, and thats it! BUT intels fastest of the fast chip will cost you 900 to 1000 FOR THE CHIP ALONE!
all the other chips intel will have a slight advantage over the AMDs in some stat on a benchmark but AMD is MUCH MUCH MUCH better priced chips and its not worth that small performance gap. the only real gap is with AMDs fastest quad core and Intels fastest quad core i7. but you could do 2 quad core AMDs and still be cheaper then a core i7 build. if you know what you are doing you can pretty much always build a faster AMD setup and still put cash in your pocket!
"Neither consumers, who have consistently benefited from lower prices and increased innovation
CONSUMERS never benefit from current innovation, dell, HP and the likes LOVE to sell you 2 year old hardware for TODAYS price! go find a core i7 for sale anywhere on any of their sites. even a core i5. nope but im sure you'll see them all over 2 years from now when they are obsolete! only dells alienware will sell you a core i7... for $4,000!
so to everyone buying dells and HPs, you are buying last years junk for todays prices.