December 20, 2009
Federal Trade Comission Sues INTEL !!
WTF is this gonna mean for gamers? Wtf is gonna this mean for AMD? And WTF is this gonna mean for hungry children in Africa? Probably nothing at all for the latter, BUT this very well could be a kick in da shorts for Intel and show their true colors. Basically, WTF is the FTC… explanation: The Federal Trade Commission’s principle mission is the promotion of consumer protection and to eliminate what they consider anti-competitive business practices. With more than 1200 employees I’m sure they would have no problem investigating a company they suspected of not playing fair. The type of lawsuit they filed is know as antitrust, or competition law. Check out Wikipedia for further insight into Competition Law, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-trust .
Basically Intel is the worlds largest chip maker. CPU (Central Processing Unit) chip maker that is. And they are being sued by the federal government, but the gov representatives are saying that customers have been paying too little for Intel’s products?? Apparently Intel has been undercutting the competition, giving PC buyers prices that may have been artificially low. This path could lead to Intel stopping AMD in its tracks, and possible allow them to completely corner the market and then raise prices to whatever levels they wanted to.
So WTF is da big deal? Well besides the possibility of Intel owing the market and eventually charging inflated prices in the future; it also means that they have not been giving us the performance from our laptops that we should expect by now. They have charged manufactures less for its Atom chipset with integrated graphics rather than offering a reasonable option to have a laptop with a dedicated video card. nVidia is happy about the FTC’s lawsuit, believing that it is necessary to prevent Intel form blocking competition in the GPU marketplace. The sad thing is it could take as long as 10 years for the case to be settled : ( So are consumers the real winners of this lawsuit? Only time will tell.