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AMD products accused of "Predictive Snooping"

OPTi filed a patent infringement lawsuit earlier today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against AMD for infringement of three U.S. patents. The three patents at issue in the lawsuit are U.S. Patent No. 5,710,906, U.S. Patent No. 5,813,036 and U.S. Patent No. 6,405,291, all entitled “Predictive Snooping of Cache Memory for Master-Initiated Accesses.” The patents were awarded in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively.

The complaint alleges that AMD infringes the patents by making and selling CPUs and core logic products based on “Predictive Snooping.” OPTi has requested a jury trial in this matter. In its case against AMD, the OPTi is seeking an injunction and damages or other monetary relief, including pre-judgment interest and awarding OPTi's attorney fees.

In OPTi’s statement to the press, it acknowledged that lawsuits against chip makers such as AMD for patent infringement are a continuing part of the company's strategy.

OPTi went after NVIDIA in 2004, accusing it of infringing upon the very same patents as mentioned today, and eventually reaching a settlement where OPTi would receive up to $9 million.
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post #2 of 21
Oh well.. these kinds of lawsuits happen all the time You think only Intel gets them?
    
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Finally AMD gets picked on for once, instead of Intel.
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Man that is worthless. Who seriously invents a technology just to sue people over it? Isn't that what the whole business is? They certainly don't make CPUs.
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Err... they don't invent to just sue. They manufacture a whole lot of chips:

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OPTi Technologies designs and manufactures controller chips for LCD panels, PCI, PCI Express, USB, USB On-The-Go, IEEE1394 interconnect, and microprocessor interconnect (core logic).
http://www.opti-inc.com/html/about.html
    
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9 million is relatively not a whole lot so AMD probably would just settle it to get it over with, unless they want to spend the time and money to try to prove that they didn't infringed on the patent.
    
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Yes, Intel got sued once recently by a little processor company for patent infringement too.
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Yes, Intel got sued once recently by a little processor company for patent infringement too.
Well if the claims are legitimate, more power to them!
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all AMD needs to do is sell 9000 FX-64's and that is about what this will cost them... and i'm sure they have sold more then 9000 in the past month.
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all AMD needs to do is sell 9000 FX-64's and that is about what this will cost them... and i'm sure they have sold more then 9000 in the past month.
If you pay $1,000 for a FX-64, then AMD is likely to get closer to $300-400(or less) after R&D, making the thing (including the cost of the 36mil fab plant), and the the price they sell the chip (likely about 500-700 dollars).


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OPTi went after NVIDIA in 2004, accusing it of infringing upon the very same patents as mentioned today, and eventually reaching a settlement where OPTi would receive up to $9 million.
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