AMD subpoenas Microsoft in Intel case
In its ongoing anti-trust battle against Intel, AMD has now added
Microsoft to the long list of subpoenaed companies already including
Dell, HP, IBM, Sun, Best Buy, and Circuit City. AMD is reportedly
requesting "information relating to 64-bit microprocessors, product
comparisons between Intel and AMD, and any discussion of marketing
arrangements involving the three companies." Microsoft says it is
willing to comply, and that it will fulfill "reasonable requests for
documents and information."
According to The
Register, AMD may be trying to learn whether Intel had anything to
do with the delays that plagued the x86-64 versions of Windows XP and
Windows Server 2003. Indeed, while AMD released the first Opteron in
April 2003, Microsoft didn't push an x86-64 operating system out of the
door until April 2005—just two months after the release of Intel's first 64-bit
Pentium 4. Thanks to TR reader beetlebud for the link.