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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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RE: Seriously?
By redbone75 on 12/2/2006 7:33:22 AM , Rating: 3
However most technically savvy people understand that GPUs are more complex than CPUs and the high end GPUs should at least cost as much or more than high end CPUs.

Maybe that's how AMD and Nvidia can show the government why their prices are so much higher than Intel's, because Intel doesn't make discrete graphics solutions. I mean, R&D costs money, doesn't it. However, being a consumer, I never felt that $600 for a graphics card was ever justified. If it were absolutely necessary for them to charge that much for a graphics card at initial launch, I would think that they wouldn't really be able to afford releasing a new product as often as they do, at least not until they recoup the costs of development, and I don't see that happening in what, 6 months?

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