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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 Burning Bridges on 3/1/2006 8:43:09 AM , Rating: 2

Intel is NOT spending money on the consumer.

It is not paying for added features, instead it is paying for certain features to be DISABLED for AMD hardware.

Basically Intel is spending it's money trying to beat AMD, and because they can't seem to do it with faster CPUs they are paying programmers to cripple their software if it runs on an AMD CPU.


RE: gg
By JackPack on 3/1/2006 1:52:52 PM , Rating: 2
paying for certain features to be DISABLED for AMD hardware

Let's get the facts straight here.

Intel never paid Skype - all they offered was engineering support to enhance the software for multithreading. In turn, they get exclusivity for a period. This is not much different from a patent. That's why it's not illegal.

RE: gg
By timmiser on 3/1/2006 8:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
That's why it's not illegal.

Apparently it is illegal or else AMD wouldn't be going thought the trouble of a lawsuit. It will be up to the courts to decide that.

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.

RE: gg
By JackPack on 3/1/2006 9:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
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?

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