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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=a0jBHKwUMZQI

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Intel Corp.’s legal dispute with graphics-chip maker Nvidia Corp. is being reviewed as part of an antitrust probe of Intel by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, according to people familiar with the matter.

Regulators are looking at lawsuits between Intel and Nvidia, said the people, who declined to be identified because the federal investigation is continuing. The FTC is trying to determine whether a lawsuit filed by Intel earlier this year is an effort to disrupt Nvidia’s business, one person said.

The investigation of Intel, started in 2008, is continuing even though the company settled its antitrust fight with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in November. The FTC inquiry goes beyond issues raised in the clash with AMD, which accused Intel of pressuring computer makers into exclusive agreements, said Thomas McCoy, AMD’s executive vice president for legal affairs.

 

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With only two main competitors (Matrox, Via, etc... are insignificant in this battle due to their marketshare) in the graphics industry, I think it's almost impossible for the courts to let Intel continue to deny Nvidia the appropriate licensing.

The best argument they have is "we're helping our primary CPU competitor by destroying their competition for graphics cards!"
 
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