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.

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