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AMD's high profile suit against Intel alleging anticompetitive practices has been dismissed as "part of a media campaign" attacking the world's largest chip manufacturer, and should not affect corporate buying decisions.

"The AMD filing, which is surprisingly readable for a legal document, seems to have been crafted not only as a legal complaint, but as part of a media campaign. AMD has also run full-page ads in major newspapers outlining its position," said Martin Reynolds, vice president and fellow at Gartner Research.

Full Story here.

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose Thursday after the company said its second-quarter profit fell 65 percent but beat Wall Street expectations as the chipmaker reported record microprocessor sales and a drop in flash memory chip revenue.

Shares of AMD, which reported its second-quarter results after financial markets closed Wednesday, rose 38 cents, or 2 percent, to $19.75 in early Thursday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Excerpt from Associated Press)

The wire claims that Intel has told its OEMs they "are now allowed" to buy AMD microprocessors.

Is this true? First it would imply that Intel told its OEMs they weren't allowed to buy AMD microprocessors in the first place, so making the whole antitrust legal cafuffle in the US redundant. And demonstrating a certain gutlessness on behalf of the OEMs.

Secondly, does "being allowed" to buy AMD CPUs mean OEMs are "allowed" to give Intel all of its cooperative marketing funds back?

That story here.

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