AMD subpoenas NEC's CEO in antitrust case

— 10:01 AM on August 9, 2005

AMD is meeting resistance from some PC OEMs in its quest to gather evidence for its antitrust case against Intel. The Inq reports that AMD has issued a subpoena to the CEO of NEC, shortly after NEC objected to an earlier request from AMD.

This is one of the risks for AMD of pursuing the antitrust case: the firm may alienate PC manufacturers and other industry companies by compelling their executives to testify via subpoena. The advantages of pursuing the case must outweigh this considerable downside in order for AMD to benefit overall from taking this course. One wonders how much useful information AMD will be able to squeeze out of PC OEMs and how much it will cost in terms of burned—or at least damaged—bridges. I'd expect to hear about more such objections as the discovery phase of the case continues.

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