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[TPU] AMD Fails to Halt S3 Graphics Patent Lawsuit Against Apple

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In late September, S3 Graphics, still a subsidiary of VIA Technology and soon to be transferred to HTC, dragged Apple Inc. to court over charges of patent infringement related to graphics component IP of nearly all Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iMac. Last month, AMD, now a main supplier of graphics processors for Apple's Mac products, intervened with a counter lawsuit claiming it owned the patents that S3 has asserted against Apple, and sought an immediate halt to S3's patent case against Apple.
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Wow AMD is taking sides in this mess now? What next? Intel? Exxon? Toyota?
    
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AMD has a vested interest in seeing that Apple win the lawsuit. If Apple falls, then it could mean than any company that uses AMD graphics products would be liable, and AMD could face huge payouts in replacing all the infringing products.

I'm not sure why this is so surprising.
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AMD has a vested interest in seeing that Apple win the lawsuit. If Apple falls, then it could mean than any company that uses AMD graphics products would be liable, and AMD could face huge payouts in replacing all the infringing products.

I'm not sure why this is so surprising.
No, AMD is loosing the war in the processor market, as well in the graphic card market.

Their partnership with Apple is critical for their future.
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No, AMD is loosing the war in the processor market, as well in the graphic card market.

Their partnership with Apple is critical for their future.
Losing or winning, no company would throw away a partnership. It has nothing to do with the CPU or GPU market. The quote you quoted is correct. Apple is getting sued on parts made by AMD, and AMD is trying to stop it for obvious reasons, not just because it wants to "remain Apple's partner because its losing the processor and graphics market."
    
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No, AMD is loosing the war in the processor market, as well in the graphic card market.

Their partnership with Apple is critical for their future.
What? AMD is dominating the graphics industry. Their chips will be in all 3 future consoles and their pc gpus are quickly growing in popularity.

Intel gpus have been garbage for the past decade and while Nvidia has a larger market share they are losing ground to AMD.

EDIT: Also they're gaining ground in the processer market over Intel.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...er_Intel_in_Q3
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No, AMD is loosing the war in the processor market, as well in the graphic card market.

Their partnership with Apple is critical for their future.
I don't think you are properly informed, their GPU market share is growing very quickly, granted their processors are not the greatest but they are cheap and that is their selling point. Cheap, affordable and close enough performance to intel for the average customer.
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I see this as AMD protecting their IP not helping Apple.

If AMD were to let S3 claim IP and use that IP to sue another company, their ownership claim gets a little fuzzy and then S3 would be suing them next.

If it helps Apple, then so what?
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No, AMD is loosing the war in the processor market, as well in the graphic card market.

Their partnership with Apple is critical for their future.
Nope.
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If Apple falls, then it could mean than any company that uses AMD graphics products would be liable, and AMD could face huge payouts in replacing all the infringing products.

I'm not sure why this is so surprising.
Incorrect, it would be up to AMD/S3 to demand that those other companies stop selling their products with their graphics. Just because X company was forced to stop selling their product for patent infringement it doesn't mean every other company has to cease their products. If AMD/S3 haven't asked them to stop, they have no obligation to stop.
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Incorrect, it would be up to AMD/S3 to demand that those other companies stop selling their products with their graphics. Just because X company was forced to stop selling their product for patent infringement it doesn't mean every other company has to cease their products. If AMD/S3 haven't asked them to stop, they have no obligation to stop.
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