17th March 2009, 13:53 #1
AMD, Intel x86 patent fight likely to be long and messy
What is your opinion on how this may affect AMD's ability to manufacture 32 bit processors?
Excerpt from article:
Ever since AMD announced its plan to split itself into two separate companies, there have been legal questions surrounding the move. AMD's x86 cross-licensing agreement with Intel has always required that Sunnyvale maintain a certain corporate structure in order to continue to manufacture x86-compatible microprocessors. When it unveiled its plans to spin off The Foundry Company (now Globalfoundries), AMD confidently maintained that its plan avoided any licensing entanglements or issues Intel might seek to raise.
AMD has filed a form 8-K with the SEC, advising the agency of a cross-licensing dispute between itself and Intel. In discussions with Ars, however, AMD has also insisted that neither it nor Globalfoundries actually requires the cross-licensing agreement in order to design or manufacture x86-compatible microprocessors. That's a surprising claim that runs against the general understanding of what the AMD/Intel cross-licensing agreement allows or contains. Has Intel's ownership/stranglehold on the right to manufacture x86 processors been broadly misconstrued for years?
Read more here: AMD, Intel x86 patent fight likely to be long and messy - Ars Technica
17th March 2009, 15:42 #2
well the corporate war.... ends with the end of a company.... well is there any need to manufacture 32bit arcchitecture processors???