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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 JackPack on 3/1/2006 9:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
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Apparently it is illegal or else AMD wouldn't be going thought the trouble of a lawsuit.


Plenty of firms bring up a suit even though they are perfectly aware that there is no chance of winning. They do it either to simply make a statement or to tie up the little guy. That's what corporate lawyers do. Remember the RIAA suing the grandma?

I don't see AMD having a case. Intel did not pay Skype to make it Pentium exclusive. They simply helped designed the code for Skype. It's Intel's work. Why should AMD benefit from it?


RE: gg
By Lifted on 3/1/2006 11:58:03 PM , Rating: 2
AMD is just gathering information for their existing lawsuit. Who said anything about suing over this?


"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer














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