AMD-Intel dispute flares up

"Intel's antitrust problem is growing, and so far they have failed to convince a single antitrust agency anywhere in the world that their business practices are fair, lawful and pro-consumer. And by the way, they don't deny the evidence detailing their business practices," said AMD spokesman Michael Silverman.

Judging from the official tone from both companies, the validity of Intel's cross-licensing woes might be decided in court, where the question will be whether or not GlobalFoundries is a subsidiary of AMD.

GlobalFoundries was formed in early March with investments from AMD and the Abu Dhabi-based Advanced Technology Investment Company. The two have agreed to split representation on the board of directors, and the company is expected to take orders from many technology makers, though AMD is its only customer so far.

Intel raised concerns over the cross-licensing agreement in October, when the spinoff company was proposed, and AMD has said and maintains that such allegations are false and that their plans for the Malta facility will go ahead.

"This matter has no impact on GlobalFoundries operations, long-term growth or customer acquisition plans," said Travis Bullard, a spokesman for GlobalFoundries. "We remain committed to building out the customer-facing elements of our business and investing in capacity in Dresden and New York."

In a further twist, AMD's SEC filing indicates it believes Intel's efforts to terminate the cross-licensing agreement actually breeches it, which allows AMD to cancel Intel's rights and licenses.""

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