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Has the F.T.C. Opened the Door for the Great Chip War?

Dec 21, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

"I present to you relief measure No. 17:

"Requiring Intel to make available technology (including whatever is necessary to interoperate with Intel's CPUs or chipsets) to others, via licensing or other means, upon such terms and conditions as the Commission may order, including but not limited to extensions of terms of current licenses.

"For those of you keeping score at home, this remedy could pave the way for a chip war the likes of which we've yet to encounter.

"Intel and Advanced Micro Devices have set out on a path to combine computing and graphics functions on a single piece of silicon, instead of selling two different chips to handle these functions. That's nice for Intel and A.M.D. because they both have main (computing) chip and graphics chip expertise."

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