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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 GoatMonkey on 3/1/2006 11:47:00 AM , Rating: 2
It seems like the software developer can write code that will only work with one specific machine configuration if they want to. It really limits their market though if you require that.

If Skype did accept incentives to develop for only 1 platform, I don't see a problem with that for Skype either. However, I do see AMD's problem with it. It should be perfectly legal for a company to offer incentives to use only their product, but not if it causes an anti-competitive or monopoly situation. It's a subjective judgement call that needs to go to court.



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