AMD Sues Intel Again In Japan - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Business & Finance
10:22 AM

AMD Sues Intel Again In Japan

AMD's antimonopoly lawsuit seeks $50 million in damages and charges rival Intel with paying large amounts of money to five PC makers to stop using AMD processors.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed another lawsuit against rival Intel Thursday, this one a $50 million antimonopoly suit that charges the industry's largest semiconductor company with paying large amounts of money to five PC makers there on the condition that they refuse to buy AMD processors.

The lawsuits filed in Tokyo High Court and the Tokyo District Court follow an antitrust suit AMD filed Monday against Intel in U.S. District Court. The action in Japan also follows a March 8 finding by the Japan Fair Trade Commission that Intel's Japanese subsidiary, Intel K.K., committed violations of that country's Antimonopoly Act.

According to AMD, Intel made payments to NEC, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi that resulted in AMD losing all of its sales to Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi, while sales to NEC and Fujitsu were reduced "precipitously."

The suit in Tokyo District Court seeks to recover millions of dollars in damages for various anticompetitive acts, in addition to what is covered by the Fair Trade Commission recommendation. In the complaint, AMD says Intel instructed a Japanese PC manufacturer to remove from its product catalog and Internet Web site all systems using processors made by AMD in exchange for a large amount of money.

AMD also claims Intel put pressure on an AMD customer that was scheduled to attend a new AMD product launch, and that the customer canceled its participation in the launch. In addition, the suits claim Intel interfered with a joint promotional event being held by AMD and another customer. It alleges that Intel bought all the PCs with AMD processors to be used in the promotion and replaced them with PCs using Intel processors, and then provided cash to the customer as an incentive to cooperate in the "last-minute" interference.

AMD says those acts are "only the tip of the iceberg" of Intel's worldwide coercion of customers.

Intel has denied that it has acted in an illegal fashion with its sales and marketing practices.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
How to Create a Successful AI Program
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  10/14/2020
Think Like a Chief Innovation Officer and Get Work Done
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  10/13/2020
10 Trends Accelerating Edge Computing
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  10/8/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
[Special Report] Edge Computing: An IT Platform for the New Enterprise
Edge computing is poised to make a major splash within the next generation of corporate IT architectures. Here's what you need to know!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll