11/15/2009

Intel settles AMD claims but isn’t off the hook

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Intel Corp. will pay $1.25 billion to make peace with Advanced Micro Devices Inc., as the companies whose microprocessors run nearly all personal computers finally found common ground in a bitter and colorful dispute that caused international antitrust trouble for Intel.

The settlement announced Thursday sent AMD stock soaring and ended a 4-year-old lawsuit in which AMD accused Intel of abusing its dominance of the chip market to keep a lid on AMD’s share. Intel has about 80 percent of the microprocessor market, and AMD has about 20 percent.

According to the lawsuit, Intel penalized computer makers for using AMD’s chips or offered them financial incentives - payments that a Toshiba Corp. manager likened to “cocaine.” Executives from Gateway complained that Intel’s threats of retaliation for working with AMD beat them “into guacamole.”

YouTube to support 1080p high-definition videos

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

YouTube says starting next week it will support the same high-resolution video that can now be seen on flat screen TVs.

The online video unit of Google Inc. said Thursday it will support video playback in the full high-definition format known as 1080p, upgrading from the current 720p.

After engineers tested its system, YouTube spokesman Chris Dale said the company is not worried about infrastructure problems or higher costs associated with supporting bulkier files.

Videos uploaded from regular users will still have a 10-minute limit, although the maximum file size will likely get a boost from 2 gigabytes.

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