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Skype's decision to release Intel-only features on its newest software refresh may have been a poor idea

Last month we wrote a small piece about the upcoming Skype 2.0 features that are only enabled for Intel processors.  AMD is hoping to add another spear to its ranks by demanding Skype documents that prove or disprove Intel provided incentives to Skype for this favor.  Intel denies the allegations

A Skype executive declined to comment earlier this month when asked whether the company had tested the performance of its software on both Intel's and AMD's dual-core chips. An Intel representative confirmed that there are no instructions that specifically enhance the performance of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software like Skype's in Intel's dual-core chips.

This is not the first time this year for an AMD-Intel legal battle.  AMD has been building anti-trust cases against Intel in Japan, the US and Korea for over a year, claiming that Intel leverages its buyers and distributors to not carry AMD products.  Of course, AMD's 21.4% marketshare is looking pretty good to the company right now, monopoly or not. 



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RE: gg
By Lifted on 3/1/2006 8:44:03 PM , Rating: 2
AMD isn't suing Intel over this, they are simply adding more proof that they use their muscle whenever they feel they can to hurt AMD. As was said before, that is fine as long as you are not a monolpy. If you are a monopoly, you are not allowed to use your size to restrict competition, which is what this is probably doing. This is in and of itself is nothing, but in the grand scheme of things it points to a monopoly restricting competition.


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