Chipmaker, Advanced Micro Devices will be able to collect evidence about events outside the US for an antitrust lawsuit against rival, Intel.
AMD alleges Intel used its dominant position in the microprocessor business to pressure system makers not to use AMD chips in their products. Its suit is scheduled to be heard in a US court beginning April 2009.
Intel had argued against allowing discovery, or the collection of evidence, for documents involving activities outside the US. But it decided not to object to a 15 December recommendation by Special Master Vincent Poppiti that foreign discovery should go forward, said Intel spokesman Chuck Molloy. A special master is a specialist appointed to overlook certain aspects of a suit.
Presiding Judge Farnan ordered Intel to produce documents and other evidence sought in discovery that concern its business outside the US. In a press release Thursday, AMD hailed the order as a major victory in its suit, which was filed in June 2005.
AMD alleges that Intel, which had about 80% of the global microprocessor market, tried to keep system makers from using AMD chips through actions such as threatening to withhold incentive payments.