Tuesday, June 28

AMD charges Intel with coercion in antitrust suit

This is laughable... just because Intel is good doesn't mean they have a monopoly. AMD still makes great processors, and there is a strong contingent of techies who won't use anything else (particularly in desktop machines). With Apple's new development of switching to Intel processors for its consumer machines, this does increase Intel's marketshare. However, Macintosh computers only have a three percent marketshare, and this development does not really change Intel's total impact.

Intel does have a gross majority of the marketshare for home-computer processors, but there are a number of other applications for computer chips these days. Handheld computers (PDAs), cell phones, and non-consumer products like supercomputers and high-end Web servers all use chips as well, and Intel doesn't have a very strong foothold in those markets. Well, it does have the XSCALE line of chips for PDAs, but the other examples I've mentioned are hardly Intel-driven.

Back off, AMD.

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