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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 smitty3268 on 3/1/2006 5:43:04 AM , Rating: 3
I think the point is that it is really a limitation Skype has created for AMD chips. The optimization would work for both Intel and AMD without change, but Skype decided for some reason to make it work for Intel only.

Plus, Skype isn't the one getting in trouble here, AMD is trying to prove that Intel is doing something wrong. The equivalent graphic card situation would be if ATI allegedly payed Valve to halve the performance of HL2 on NVIDIA cards by simply not displaying every other frame rendered. And if ATI had 80% of the market share and was being accused of being a monopolist.


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