With all the coverage and chatter happening around the web on this subject at the moment, i'm sure many of you would already be aware that AMD have taken a solid swipe at their direct competitor (Intel) just recently for anti-competitive practices. This letter (in PDF format) from AMD describes their reasoning in brief detail as to why they have initiated the move.
The microprocessor is the brain of every computer, a transformational technology in today's world. And as in all markets, innovation in the microprocessor sector depends on competition - the ability of consumers and businesses worldwide to choose solutions based on one microprocessor over another. Our competitor has harmed and limited competition in the microprocessor industry. On behalf of ourselves, our customers and partners, and consumers worldwide, we have been forced to take action.
Yesterday turned out to be the most widely anticipated day in the microprocessor realm. AMD finally filed an antitrust complaint against its archrival Intel, the world's largest chipmaker. Regardless of the obvious superiority of AMD's Athlon 64 line of microprocessors, the world's largest OEMs such as Dell, HP and Sony have either offered limited AMD based systems or they have outright declined to work with AMD at all. Allegedly, this is due to unfair and monopolistic business practices by Intel.
If you're seeking further coverage, The TechZone have just posted up a segment about the case as well.
This litigation follows a recent ruling from the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC), which found that Intel abused its monopoly power to exclude fair and open competition, violating Section 3 of Japan's Antimonopoly Act. These findings reveal..