Friday, December 1st 2006

AMD Receives Subpoena From U.S. Department of Justice

AMD has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in connection with the DOJ’s investigation into potential antitrust violations related to graphics processors and cards. AMD entered the graphics processor business following the company’s acquisition of ATI Technologies, Inc. last month (October 25, 2006). The DOJ has not made any specific allegations against AMD or ATI. AMD intends to cooperate with the investigation.Source: AMD
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8 Comments on AMD Receives Subpoena From U.S. Department of Justice

#1
LiNKiN
Staff
jeez cant we all just get along...
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
This is stupid

Why on earth would the DOJ even mess with them? Im sure they put it before the DOJ when they were merging/acquiring them. Sometimes that damn DOJ gets on my nerves.
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#4
bornfree
Actually if you ignore the knee-jerk responses and cut thru all the hype... AMD and Nvidia both received subpoenas today from the DOJ. The investigation has nothing to do with CPUs it's to do with video cards as in ATI prior to purchase by AMD. Since no charges have been alleged, my guess is this will all go away and it's more a formality to make sure no price fixing was involved like the SDRAM boys did, since ATI and Nvidia are the only major high-end video card/chip suppliers.

As for CPUs, AMD seems to be able to sell everyone they can produce at the moment so I wouldn't call that a bad situation at all.
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#5
EastCoasthandle
by: bornfree
Actually if you ignore the knee-jerk responses and cut thru all the hype... AMD and Nvidia both received subpoenas today from the DOJ. The investigation has nothing to do with CPUs it's to do with video cards as in ATI prior to purchase by AMD. Since no charges have been alleged, my guess is this will all go away and it's more a formality to make sure no price fixing was involved like the SDRAM boys did, since ATI and Nvidia are the only major high-end video card/chip suppliers.

As for CPUs, AMD seems to be able to sell everyone they can produce at the moment so I wouldn't call that a bad situation at all.
Ah yeah...This is involving anti-trust and there is no such thing as ATI by itself. Therefore, if true puts AMD on the hook, big time! And, being subpoena by the DOJ doesn't just "go away" nor is it ever just a "formality". And, what does being able to sell to everyone have to do with anti-trust violations related to graphics processors and cards?
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#6
Shyska
by: EastCoasthandle
And, what does being able to sell to everyone have to do with anti-trust violations related to graphics processors and cards?
Well, you wandered if that responds to AMD stock... I think he is right on this 100%.
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#7
EastCoasthandle
by: Shyska
Well, you wandered if that responds to AMD stock... I think he is right on this 100%.
Explain? How does getting investigated by the DOJ have to do with sales?
If you read the link (which I found out later on) it did impact their stock market price. Which is what I was asking to begin with.

read the link
...The subpoenas spooked investors...AMD shares fell $1.13, or 5.2 percent, to $20.45 on the New York Stock Exchange...
So again, how are sales have any relation to what I was asking about stock?
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#8
Shyska
If company does good in sales, usually it is a good point for it's stock, at least not to drop. Now for DOJ investigation... well, stock fell thought i didn't imagine it could fall >5% :wtf: good time to do some shoping? :D
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