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NVidia, AMD Subpoenaed In Antitrust Investigation 132

Posted by Zonk
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mustardayonnaise writes "CNN Money is reporting that graphics chipmakers Nvidia and AMD (who recently acquired NVidia rival ATI) said Friday that they received subpoenas from the US Department of Justice as part of a probe into potential antitrust violations involving graphics processing units and cards. Each company controls about 25% of the entire graphics chip market. According to the article, Intel, who makes their own fair share of graphics chipsets, has yet to be included in the investigation."
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NVidia, AMD Subpoenaed In Antitrust Investigation

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  • Re:by that token (Score:4, Informative)

    by hirschma (187820) on Friday December 01, 2006 @04:28PM (#17071690)
    You mean, this [eweek.com]?
  • by 91degrees (207121) on Friday December 01, 2006 @04:43PM (#17071956) Journal
    I worked for a company that made 3D chips. We had a pretty good component. Not astoundingly fast, but a competitive mid-range component more than adequate for the current crop of games. Faster and cheaper than the GeForce 2 when that was still considered a competitive card.

    So, the sales people went to various board manufacturers, and said "Do you want to buy our chip". The board manufacturers said Gosh. That's perfect for our mid-range market. We'd love to. Our sales people went home happy. nVidia's sales people said "Do you want us to keep selling you our chips?" The board manufacturers sid "Yes, of course we do". nVidia said "well, don't buy chips from that other upstart company".

    Apart from the huge board manufacturers who would be able to seriously dent nVidia's sales, none of them were interested in us any more.

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