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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: AMD should have a bigger marketshare than 21%
By Bonrock on 3/1/2006 12:34:32 PM , Rating: 3
You're right. A decade ago, AMD processors were used only in low-grade machines. Hell, even five or six years ago, AMD systems did not offer the kind of reliability and flawless operation that Intel systems did (largely because of the crappy chipsets available for AMD processors).

I used to quietly root for AMD because they were the underdog, but I knew Intel was better in every measurable way except price. Well, times have changed. AMD's Athlon 64 and Opteron processors are outstanding, and their dual-core processors can't be touched by Intel's. Intel is still ahead in the laptop market, but AMD rules the desktop -- not just on price, but performance too. If you're skeptical, I strongly suggest you check out some benchmarks yourself.

There's a big difference between the "media hype" around AMD and the media hype around the iPod. The media has long been favorable towards Apple's products, so I can understand your skepticism there. However, bear in mind that until relatively recently, the media (especially the hardcore tech mags like Maximum PC) had a tendency to be quite punishing towards AMD. I don't think there's any hype there.

By michael2k on 3/1/2006 7:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
How long ago was it that Apple bore similar dislike?

When they were perpetually beleaguered, insolvent, and ridiculed for being the other computer manufacturer?

The rise of Apple, recently, is that unlike AMD, with both being the underdog that made an incredible turnaround.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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