Intel blasts back at AMD

Processor giant Intel has blasted back at AMD’s antitrust lawsuit. A written statement from Intel CEO Paul Otellini declared: "We unequivocally disagree with AMD’s claims and firmly believe this latest suit will be resolved favourably, like the others.”

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  July 2, 2005

Processor giant Intel has blasted back at AMD’s antitrust lawsuit. A written statement from Intel CEO Paul Otellini declared: “We unequivocally disagree with AMD’s claims and firmly believe this latest suit will be resolved favourably, like the others.” “Intel has always respected the laws of the countries in which we operate,” Otellini said. “We compete aggressively and fairly to deliver the best value to consumers. This will not change.” “Over the years, Intel has been involved in other antitrust suits and faced similar issues. Every one of those matters has been resolved to our satisfaction,” he added. Meanwhile, AMD has ratcheted up its full frontal assault on Intel another notch, filing two claims against Intel in Japan and seeking US$50m in damages. The suit follows on from the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JTFC) ruling in March concluding that Intel K.K., the vendor’s Japanese subsidiary, had interfered with AMD’s Japanese business activities by providing funds to NEC, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Sony and Hitachi on the condition that they refuse to purchase AMD processors. In a press release outlining its action in Japan, AMD declared: “Intel continues to refuse to acknowledge that its conduct is wrongful. Yet its anticompetitive acts, designed to restrict AMD’s share, clearly constitute an abuse of Intel’s dominant position in the processor market.” With both sides refusing to back down, the scene is now set for a protracted legal battle between the two vendors.

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