"AMD's allegations that Intel manipulated PC and server makers effectively into boycotting AMD chips."
I thought it was common knowledge that every computer manufacturer ad that had that blood-pressure-explodingly annoying intel jingle in was either paid for outright or heavily subsidised by intel? right back to the days of Time and Tiny in the UK, I believe.
Frankly I fail to see what AMD hopes to gain from this : Intel has used this practice to collect almost a full market share, and that practice is now reinforced with its 3rd party suppliers by nice sportscar loans and games of golf and no quibble return policies and the like. As for intel themselves, the years of market dominance using this tactic has given them a bigger R&D budget and more cash to flash around building tiny-die FABs. short of somehow rolling the clock back on the CPU industry 10 years, Im not sure how this lawsuit is actually going to "help" AMD.
A GIANT fine? that Intel will of course, appeal, and somehow, somewhen, somewhere down the line will pay a much-abbreviated and pled-out amount to, like when they robbed Transmetas power-management structures wholesale? Remember Transmeta? they very very very nearly made CPUs....
unhappy face, because I cant see any positive outcome.