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An AMD-commissioned report claims Intel's practices hurt the industry on a massive scale

According to a recent AMD-commissioned study by research firm ERS Group, Intel gained approximately $80 billion USD in monopoly profits over the course of 11 years since 1996. ERS Group director Dr. Michael A. Williams, said that while gaining billions in profits is normal for a company of Intel's size, Intel gained an extra $60 billion by using anticompetitive business practices. Essentially, Dr. Williams' report claims that Intel overcharged for microprocessors and other related products.

Intel has been in a legal situation with the European Union for the last several years, being a prime target for antitrust investigations. Just recently, Intel disputed the EU's claims that its business practices negatively impacted the market and consumer spending. Intel claimed that many if not all complaints were directly from AMD and not customers at all. True enough, most of the complaints filed to the EU have been by AMD and companies that received subpoenas from AMD to release information.

"We are confident that the microprocessor market segment is functioning normally and that Intel's conduct has been lawful, pro-competitive, and beneficial to consumers," said Intel senior vice president and general counsel Bruce Sewell in a statement.

According Dr. Williams' report, Intel collected roughly $141.8 billion USD in profits from 1996 to 2006. The report subtracted normal competitive profits as well as economic profits and something called "assumed advantage profits" of 5%, leaving Intel with $60 billion in monopolistic profits. Despite assumptions using what the report called "standard economic methodologies," it is impossible to determine exactly just how much extra profit Intel gained from a monopoly.

"To be conservative, the study next provided Intel with a generous assumption that 5 percentage points ($28 billion) of its economic return were attributable to legitimate advantages. That left the $60 billion monopoly profit figure," indicated the report.

Assumptions aside, Intel has done very well over the last several years. Its price structure however has not changed drastically -- flagship processors always carry a big premium while lower models always give the better value. Intel's halo processors typically carry a price tag of roughly $1,000 at retail; Intel value processors occasionally fill a sub-$60 price point.

An area outside of the legal system where AMD constantly competes with Intel is in prices. Over the last two years, the price war between AMD and Intel has been nothing less than beneficial to the consumer. AMD recently cut prices on its multi-core processors, giving another shot in the arm to Intel. In this back and forth price cutting, AMD essentially reduces its potential profits. Intel traditionally competes by using heavy marketing campaigns that run on a global scale, but AMD's marketing strategy heavily focuses on the U.S. market -- a small percentage of the overall global market.

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AMDs way to say thankyou ???
By crystal clear on 8/6/2007 5:05:27 AM , Rating: 2
This from the unofficial spokesmen of AMD-

Summer of AMD it is the celebration older brother! It is Phenom! It is 3.0Ghz! - Bulletin -
With for generality worldwide beginning! With we show the demonstration which becomes.
On July 26th you go away, at the AMD American head office coming after the demonstration which is released to for the analyst, the United States, it is quicker than the country of everywhere, releases in Japan. AMD Phenom of 3.0GHz TM FX, soon RD790 of announcement schedule (the code name) demonstration of the luxurious specifications which load chip set, and up-to-date graphic card and HD 2900 XT it does not flee!
* Details are future release schedule.
Day and time 2007 August 12th (day) 12: 00~18: 00
Place CAFFE SOLARE Linux coffee Akihabara store
Kanda outside the Tokyo Chiyoda Ku 3-13-2 Linux building 1F
Tel: 03-5209-6760
Event good point (1) AMD Phenom TM FX demonstration
Point that 1, native [kuatsudokoa] 3.0GHz
Point the 2, RD790 (code name) chip set
Point the 3, ATI Radeon TM HD2900 XT x3

(2) up-to-date road map of older brother!!
The japanese not yet released information full load. It cannot overlook.

(3) the exhibition corner classified by thing which we would like to do
- ATI Radeon TM HD series/gaming corner
- UVD playback demonstration corner
- Economical electrical PC corner

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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