AMD asks court for sealed testimony in Intel case

AMD asks court for sealed testimony in Intel case

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) filed a motion in a California court this month seeking sealed documents that it believes are relevant to a European Commission inquiry into alleged anticompetitive behavior by rival chip maker Intel.

AMD filed the motion with the US District Court in San Jose, California, asking that documents from an antitrust case filed against Intel by Intergraph in 1997 be provided to the European Commission, AMD spokesman John Greenagel said Wednesday.

AMD filed a complaint with the European Commission in October of last year. It accused Intel of behaving anticompetitively by offering illegal rebates as a way of excluding competition and threatening motherboard manufacturers who showed support for AMD's Athlon chip when it was launched by AMD in 1999, Greenagel said. Intel has denied the accusations.

AMD filed the motion with the US District Court on October 1 and a hearing has been set for November 19, Greenagel said.

"We believe there is expert testimony in (the Intergraph case) that bears on our allegations of anticompetitive practices by Intel," Greenagel said. AMD is not asking that the sealed testimony be released to the public, only that it is released to the European court, he added.

Intel did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The US Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust suit against Intel in 1997, accusing it of harming competition by refusing to do business with Compaq, Intergraph and Digital Equipment unless those companies agreed to Intel's terms over the licensing of certain technology patents.

The case was settled before it came to trial. As part of the settlement, Intel said it would not refuse to do business with companies it had patent disputes with.

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