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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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Its not their fault
By darkpaw on 12/1/2006 2:01:36 PM , Rating: 1
nVidia and AMD/ATI control the majority of the GPU market because their competitors products suck. Thats it, end of story.

Over the last several years several companies have tried to put out competing video solutions, and no one has even come close in performance.

The only reason Intel has any share is simply the massively underpowered IGP market (which sadly is way too big).

RE: Its not their fault
By Master Kenobi on 12/1/2006 2:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but the majority of computers on this planet are owned by corporations, and they do not need large graphics horsepower. Thats why Intel IGP owns like 45% of the entire graphics market.

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