AMD doubts Intel can deliver important e-mails for a fair case

Last year, AMD alleged that Intel destroyed evidence, particularly employee emails in an anti-trust case involving monetary perks with system integrators and retailers. According to Intel officials however, complicated corporate restructuring lead to an oversight in data retention, and there was no foul play involved.

AMD alleged that because of Intel's anticompetitive practices, evidence was destroyed to cover up paper trails, losing information from more than 300 case-specific Intel employees.

Despite Intel admitting its loss of data, the company is not off the hook. This week, Intel received a court order to explain why it lost e-mail records that could prove its guilt in anticompetitive practices. The court is giving Intel until April 17th of this year to deliver a satisfactory statement on the data loss.

Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy indicated to reporters that originally Intel was going to issue a statement on April 10th, but some court delays pushed back the deadline. "It took more than a week to draft the order from the special master so the deadline is now April 17th," said Mulloy. Special master Vincent Poppiti wants Intel to deliver an explanation to the loss as well as propose a improved system for data archiving.

AMD however has a grim outlook on the whole process, doubting Intel's ability to deliver the lost information with integrity. "Although Intel has agreed to restore all data captured in the thousands of backup tapes it made and preserved, no one can say with any degree of confidence that this will put Humpty-Dumpty back together again," said AMD in a statement.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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