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The U.S. DoJ probes graphics makers for antitrust violations

Both AMD and NVIDIA have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in connection with the DOJ’s investigation into potential antitrust violations related to graphics processors and cards. The root of the AMD subpoena is its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies last month, which was approved according to Canadian antitrust laws.

 

The DOJ has not made any specific allegations against AMD, ATI, or NVIDIA. Both AMD and NVIDIA said that they intend to cooperate with the DOJ in its investigations.

 

Together, AMD and NVIDIA hold just over half of the entire graphics market, each with about an equal share. Following the news, NVIDIA shares fell 3.6 percent on Nasdaq trade, while AMD shares fell 2.1 percent on the New York Stock Exchange.



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By Hawkido on 12/1/2006 1:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
Intel has a higher percentage than either of the other two. Or is this only for discrete video adapters? I believe if you check Intel has > 33% of the market share due to Integrated Graphics.

What Anti-trust case is there? There are 2 near equal fierce competitors in the market, no one else has a product anyone wants to buy.

I think Intel is behind this, because their Chipset sales are suffering due to SLI and CrossFire support. Who else would sue?

My two cents.




By Acanthus on 12/1/2006 2:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
Uhh, intels graphics chips go for about 75 cents.

This is about price fixing in the performance segment.

Id love to hear the results of this investigation, with the way prices have been lately, i wouldnt be suprised at all to see collusion going on.


By dwalton on 12/1/2006 2:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
" antitrust : Government regulation intended to maintain competitive market structures, in order to protect trade and commerce from monopolies and restraints on competition such as collusive price-fixing and vertical restraints."



By bighairycamel on 12/4/2006 7:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
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Intel is 4% of the CPU market if you include all the CPU's being built. I guess, it all depends what the DOJ is measuring , huh?


He's talking about graphics accelerators. With their onboard video chipset, Intel holds the largest market share for graphics accelerators. This has nothing to do with CPUs.


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