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Windows 7: Intel to shut down AMD within 2 months...

18 Mar 2009   #1
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 
Intel to shut down AMD within 2 months...

Quote:
Intel says GlobalFoundries deal breaches AMD cross-licensing agreement


Intel Corporation has sent notice to its chief competitor Advanced Micro Devices that it believes AMD has breached a patent cross-licensing agreement that the two reached in 2001. The agreement covered royalty payments by AMD in regards to aspects of the x86 instruction set used in CPUs, as well as foundry and production rights.

AMD recently spun off its fabs in a multi-billion dollar deal involving Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development, both solely owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The deal funnelled badly needed cash and debt relief into AMD, which has been struggling for several years to compete against Intel's CPUs. It also led to the creation of GlobalFoundries, an integrated circuit foundry which will compete against the likes of TSMC and Chartered Semiconductor for business. AMD would continue to be GlobalFoundries' primary customer.

However, Intel believes that GlobalFoundries is not a subsidiary under the terms of the agreement, and is therefore not licensed to produce CPUs that use key technologies licensed under the 2001 patent cross-license agreement.

Intel also said that the structure of the deal between AMD and ATIC breaches a confidential portion of that agreement, and it has asked AMD to make the relevant portion of the agreement public, but so far AMD has declined to do so. AMD's breach could result in the loss of licenses and rights granted to AMD by Intel under the agreement.

If GlobalFoundries is not recognized as a subsidary of AMD, it will have to negotiate with Intel to secure patents that would allow it to continue to produce AMD's CPUs at its fabs in Dresden. Intel has the option of securing a court injunction to halt production until the dispute is settled. Negotiation of a patent licensing agreement could take months, if not years.

"Intellectual property is a cornerstone of Intel's technology leadership and for more than 30 years, the company has believed in the strategic importance of licensing intellectual property in exchange for fair value. However AMD cannot unilaterally extend Intel's licensing rights to a third party without Intel's consent," said Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Intel.

"We have attempted to address our concerns with AMD without success since October. We are willing to find a resolution but at the same time we have an obligation to our stockholders to protect the billions of dollars we've invested in intellectual property".

In a filling with the Securities and Exchange Commission, AMD stated Intel "purports to terminate the Company's rights and licenses under the Cross License in 60 days if the alleged breach has not been corrected".

Intel claims that in response to the material breach notification it sent out, AMD claimed Intel breached the agreement by notifying AMD of its breach.

AMD defended itself, with Harry Wolin, AMD's Senior Vice President and General Counsel, stating that Intel's unilateral "purported attempt to terminate the Company’s rights and licenses under the Cross License itself constitutes a material breach of the Cross License by Intel".

Under the terms of the license agreement, the notification to AMD means the two parties will attempt to resolve the dispute through third party mediation.
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my my.......... what do we all think of this..??






SK
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18 Mar 2009   #2
Romulinx2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

Wow, another big fight.
AMD in one corner INTEL in the other, seconds out....Round One!!
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18 Mar 2009   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Wouldn't this planet be a FAR FAR better place if we could get rid of 99% of Lawyers and Banks.

I really get sick of this "Corporate" greed mentality -- If AMD didn't exist does Intel REALLY think it would do more business -- Past experiences show that these type of TOTAL MONEY WASTING COURT ROOM DRAMAS would be far better played out on Daytime TV ( US Channel COURT TV) .

Look what happened to IBM when they had a go with this sort of Bovine Scatology against Microsoft .

Not only did they lose badly -- even though IBM's OS/2 was a far superior product against the fledgling Windows product they now are not even a hardware company at all .

and further as a "Software Outsourcer" on a load of SAP projects their reputation falls FAR FAR below the old Andersens consulting (or is it now called "Accenture or "Accidenture") .

What a SAD demise for one of the really GREAT innovative (and responsible) companies of the 20th century.

It's about time people stopped being beholden to these STUPID courts and their lickspittle judges.

Just tell them to go and make a sexual move with a Duck and get on with it Wild West fashion.

(Added -- If AMD feels threatened in the USA they can always relocate to Iceland -- we'd welcome them with open arms -- and as our Banks don't have any money left any court action would be totally pointless. We've CHEAP CLEAN hydro thermal energy as well which should please the Green Party.

Our only problem is every time we access any money the UK in it's wisdom is throwing around Anti-Terrorism legislation (Against THIS SMALL COUNTRY of all people).

I'll probably get deported tomorrow as "an undesirable alien" however they aren't all horrible in the UK --just Gordon Clown and his "Scottish Mafia".

Their Courts and lawyers however are just as bad as the USA -- OT But I've just been charged 35 GBP by a UK bank because an Internet Bank transfer took an extra day to clear -- from a Bank that's just been given MILLIONS (or is it Trillions) of GBP to stop it going Bust and the chairman has been awarded nearly 20,000 GBP A WEEK pension for life even though he's only 50.

Fair old Planet these days don't you think from "The Peoples Government"..



Cheers
jimbo
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19 Mar 2009   #4
black dog

7068 64 bit + XP Pro
 
 

I hate to think how much Intels processors will cost if they lose their only real competition.
If AMD had not been around, they would probably still be selling P4's and charging an outrageous price for them.

Consumers will be the big losers if Intel gains a Microsoft style monopoly.

Go AMD!!
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19 Mar 2009   #5
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by black dog View Post
I hate to think how much Intels processors will cost if they lose their only real competition.
If AMD had not been around, they would probably still be selling P4's and charging an outrageous price for them.

Consumers will be the big losers if Intel gains a Microsoft style monopoly.

Go AMD!!
I second that!
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19 Mar 2009   #6
DaveTaylor

Windows 7 x64 Build 7127
 
 

Third!
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19 Mar 2009   #7
LePoilu

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

I think that Intel can not terminate the Rights of AMD like that, and they know it! For the only big reason that the agreement are bidirectional. Intel Use x64 technology that AMD made for the Athlon64.

Breaking x86 licence for AMD, and AMD can break the "x64" licence of Intel. At this time Intel's CPU are all using emt64 which are AMD64 copy-paste. So all of the Intel CPU will be "illegal" as AMD CPU became illegal without the x86 licence

This is just politics ...
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19 Mar 2009   #8
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LePoilu View Post
I think that Intel can not terminate the Rights of AMD like that, and they not it! For the only big reason that the agrement are bidirectionnal. Intel Use x64 technology that AMD made for the Athlon64.

Breaking x86 licence for AMD, and AMD can break the "x64" licence of Intel. At this time Intel's CPU are all using emt64 which are AMD64 copy-paste. So all of the Intel CPU will be "illegal" as AMD CPU becam illegal without the x86 licence

This is just politics ...
Wouldn't Intel have to breach their contract with AMD to for AMD to remove Intel's right to x64 Technologies?
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19 Mar 2009   #9
LePoilu

Vista H.P. SP1 x32 Seven RC x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Wouldn't Intel have to breach their contract with AMD to for AMD to remove Intel's right to x64 Technologies?

In fact nobody know the exact terms of the contract.

But we know that they have some bidirectionnal accord. AMD can use x86.. and Intel can use AMd's technologies like x64 memory controler on the chip, etc..

At this time there's no "legal" action from Intel against AMD. It's only words and Lawyers ...
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20 Mar 2009   #10
angryman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

+1 to keep AMD around.

Everyone needs someone to check themselves against.
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