AMD vs Intel, Intel Raided

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So the AMD vs Intel lawsuit is indeed raging on and the allegations from AMD have really begun to pile up. One of the most recent ones to come to light is that the compiler distributed by Intel actually compiles differently when an AMD processor is detected. Intentionally making applications slower and more prone to crashing. Here's the full PDF (Thanks /.) if you're feeling all lawyer like.

"To achieve this, Intel designed the compiler to compile code along several alternate code paths. ... By design, the code paths were not created equally. If the program detects a "Genuine Intel" microprocessor, it executes a fully optimized code path and operates with the maximum efficiency. However, if the program detects an "Authentic AMD" microprocessor, it executes a different code path that will degrade the program's performance or cause it to crash.""

Update: Looks like some Intel offices just got raided!

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    July 12, 2005 10:52 AM

    Thoughts:

    Does this whole suit seem like a big marketing plan to anyone else? I mean read through the document, it reads like a novel not a court filing. AMD wants the average person to be able to understand it and goes through the process of painting Intel as the big-bad-evil corportation.

    Now, I'm not saying Intel didn't do anything of these things, but where's the DOJ on this matter? The Justice Dept. went after Microsoft for anti-trust, but they don't seem to be making a big deal out of Intel. Also, Japan's FTC basically gave Intel a slap on the wrist in their findings (no monetary fine). They basically said "Stop it, bad Intel."

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      July 12, 2005 10:57 AM

      its certainly been written to be accessible to the hardware-buying public, but fuck, if its true they have every right to inform the public.

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      July 12, 2005 11:15 AM

      Sorry, but our current DOJ isn't going to be filing anti trust against anyone without some amazing public outcry.

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      July 12, 2005 11:17 AM

      Next, the EU will force Intel to bring out a version of their chips without the Built in Hyperthreading functions, as it gives them too much of an advantage over the competition who don't have access to hyperthreading. Remember what happened to the media player stripped version of Windows which the EU forced Microsoft to put out? Yep.. nobody's buying it because it's idiotic.

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        July 12, 2005 11:48 AM

        That's completely different. I see very few similarities between this and the Microsoft case. There ARE reasons we have anti-trust laws, after all, and it's a good thing we do.

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        July 12, 2005 7:46 PM

        Hyper-Threading TM is marketing speak for our overly warm, ultra long pipelined chips suck ass a bit less with this way of making windows see one physical processor as two logical ones.

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          July 13, 2005 12:13 AM

          Sorry, I got excited and lost track at: "our overly warm, ultra long pipelined"

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