* In 1986 Intel broke an agreement it had with AMD to allow them to produce Intel's micro-chips for IBM; AMD filed for arbitration in 1987 and the arbitrator decided in AMD's favor in 1992. Intel disputed this, and the case ended up in the Supreme Court of California. In 1994, that court upheld the arbitrator's decision and awarded damages for breach of contract.
* In 1990, Intel brought a copyright infringement action alleging illegal use of its 287 microcode. The case ended in 1994 with a jury finding for AMD and its right to use Intel's microcode in its microprocessors through the 486 generation.
* In 1997, Intel filed suit against AMD and Cyrix Corp. for misuse of the term MMX. AMD and Intel settled, with AMD acknowledging MMX as a trademark owned by Intel, and with Intel granting AMD rights to market the AMD K6 MMX processor.
* In 2005, following an investigation, the Japan Federal Trade Commission found Intel guilty on a number of violations. On June 27, 2005, AMD won an antitrust suit against Intel in Japan, and on the same day, AMD filed a broad antitrust complaint against Intel in the U.S. Federal District Court in Delaware. The complaint alleges systematic use of secret rebates, special discounts, threats, and other means used by Intel to lock AMD processors out of the global market. Since the start of this action, AMD has issued subpoenas to major computer manufacturers including Dell, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Sony, Toshiba.
Tee hee...they started when Intel sold AMD their engineering documents. They couldn't produce enough CPUs to meet market demand, and when they had enough production to meet demand they were like 'oh wait, we're going to need our monopoly back.' Then AMD is like 'well....no.'
Sadly, plenty of enthusiasts are going to Intel because AMD is
behind now. I'm going 45nm Intel next time around. Unless AMD comes out with something great.
Am I the only one who does not see doom and gloom for AMD?
Yes Intel has faster chips. Yes Intel is selling more.
But it is not like nobody is buying AMD. AMD is a value CPU. Not everybody needs 64 core CPU's that can tie your shoes for you. Is there anything out there that AMD can't run that Intel can? Sure it may take .02 seconds longer with AMD, but for most, it is worth the savings.
And don't go spouting AMD fanboy, just because AMD's are cheaper and do what I need. If Intel meet my needs and costs, I would (and have) use them.
Yea you're not the only one dude. Go to Circuit City and check out the pre-built PCs; they're almost all AMD. That's what the average PC users wants; lower price. They don't even know about performance. Furthermore, even people who desire power for normal use are concerned with price/performance and energy consumption. The name of the game isn't 'the fastest, most overclockable CPU' for the mainstream sector of the CPU market. My dad in looking into building a 3600+ X2 PC, and he's a C++ programmer.