Originally Posted by SI51
major computer manufacturers such as HP, Dell, and Lenovo, received unfair rebates from Intel for opting for its chips.
I would consider this just business... if Intel wants to offer drastic discounts to partners in order for them to put an i5 in instead of a bulldozer chip, let them.
You would have to re-write a lot of laws to just "let them" do that. You do know that practice is illegal right? If companies could do that whenever they wanted... well lets just say there wouldn't be very many companies left.
A debate about anti-competetive laws might be best suited for another forum if that is your intention.
Originally Posted by Rayleyne
I don't understand the problem really...
Lets say, I build my own company, And i make a 10 core mainstream chip that runs at 5ghz, with a 50Watt TDP and IPC through the roof, It costs me 10 bucks per die, And i sell them for 200 bucks a pop, They'd sell like hotcakes and no company around would be able to compete with it, But if i did that, i'd get hit with this anti trust crap, Because it'd knock several companies (AMD and intel) out of the equation, I think it's kind of stupid TBh, if your product vastly outdoes the competitions, why must you suffer because the competition sucks?
Except that isn't what happened here at all. Your example is unrelated. Intel was selling its chips and offering rebates to companies that ONLY used Intel chips in their products. You want cheap intel products? Better ditch all your AMD branded stuff. Companies that didn't accept the rebate wouln't make as much money as companies that did so they got muscled into it out of fear of being left behind, and AMD got screwed even when they might have had the best product in a certain price range.
Or so the lawsuit claims. Intel says they can't prove it.Edited by DayoftheGreek - 7/5/12 at 6:41am