AMD Wants To Know Why Skype Is In Bed With Intel
from the money-or-monopolies dept
It had seemed a bit strange last month when Skype and Intel announced that the VoIP/chat program would have special features when used on a machine with Intel’s Core Duo and Pentium D processors. It wasn’t exactly clear why a program like Skype would need such processing power, or why it would be a good idea to limit the platforms on which some of their features worked. It would appear that AMD is also curious about this and has now subpoenaed Skype as part of their ongoing anti-trust case against Intel. AMD claims that there’s no reason Skype’s software shouldn’t be fully featured on its own chips and says Intel is using its monopoly position to hinder competition. But what’s the reason for Skype/eBay? Reader Simon suggests that that “despite their celebrated number of downloads, perhaps growth isn’t what they expected, and they are desperate to claw back some of that huge price tag in the form of Intel marketing dollars.” Intel denies that there was any financial incentives at all. Either way, when you find out that a simple chat program needs dual-core chips, it makes you wonder just what is going on under the covers. Programs like that shouldn’t be processor hogs, and if they are, then something is definitely wrong.