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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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By SunAngel on 3/1/2006 10:12:02 AM , Rating: 1
Its as if AMD is crying foul because Intel and Skype have an exclusive contract. Contracts rule the corporate world. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is sold or bought without a contract. For a paying a premium to Skype for exclusivity of its services is wrong, I think that is equivalent to the former contract of Michael Jordan and Nike. Can anyone recall another sport star promoting Nike products at the same time M.J. was ruling the basketball courts? Yet, M.J. never had any legal issues from other players claiming M.J.'s contract with Nike prevented them from contracting with Nike. I believe Nike was only interested in M.J., thus deciding only to use his image and name on their product and no one else. So, I see the same issue here. Skype is to blame if there is any blaming. But, its Skypes product. If Skype want to restrict its revenue base only to Intel that's their perrogative.

By Viditor on 3/1/2006 10:33:58 AM , Rating: 2
Its as if AMD is crying foul because Intel and Skype have an exclusive contract

It's not, actually...
Nike actually DID have other sports stars promoting at the same time as MJ (hundreds of them in fact), they just didn't make many TV commercials of them...
But that's not really the point. According to the anti-trust laws, a company that controls the market (like Intel or Microsoft) is not allowed to use it's market dominance as a means to prevent smaller companies from competing.
In this case, Intel gave Skype a lot of software development time in exchange for exclusivity. AMD is unable to do the same because Skype would be crazy to exclude processors that are found in almost 80% of the market...
If both AMD and Intel had roughly equivalent marketshare, then these types of contracts would be absolute fair game.

By masher2 on 3/1/2006 11:36:28 AM , Rating: 2
> "In this case, Intel gave Skype a lot of software development time in exchange for exclusivity."

Not according to either Intel or Skype. Only AMD is making the claim.

By Viditor on 3/1/2006 12:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Not according to either Intel or Skype. Only AMD is making the claim

Actually, Intel is saying it too...
"Intel approached Skype with its plan to optimise code on its chips for Skype's software so users would have a good experience while trying to host a multiperson conference call, Crooke said",39029524,40...

By kalaap on 3/1/2006 11:37:53 AM , Rating: 2
Tiger Woods

By tjr508 on 3/1/2006 12:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
David Robinson =p

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