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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 DallasTexas on 12/1/2006 6:01:46 PM , Rating: 0
"..Intel has a higher percentage than either of the other two. Or is this only for discrete video adapters? .."

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?


"..What Anti-trust case is there? .."
When you conducted your study, you did not find anything?

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

Did someone sue? A lawsuit? Is a lawsuit needed for the DOJ to do there job? AMD and Nvidia would NEVER agree to divide markets. That would be illegal and they are nice guys.



My two cents.


By bighairycamel on 12/4/2006 7:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
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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