Closing door after horse has bolted.
Anticompetition laws take too fucking long to sort out.
a billion euros? ten?
**For disposing of your only competitor in a high-tech, global, high-demand market, THIS IS RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP**
Insanely cheap, for what they bought with the money : Nearly ten years of shutting its only competitor out of the marketplace to the point where AMD is now facing bankruptcy.
So what difference does it make? unless they hand that money directly over to AMD immediately, I cant see it helping AMD anymore than Transmeta eventually winning their patent violations for the Intel Mobile powersaver feature stuff.
@AC : "make a better product" Good grief, you sound like a high-scool business student telling people that free market forces dictate; No, they dont. AMD had a better product with the K7, which hammered intels price/performance ratio at time of launch in '99. from that point onwards, intel embarked on the most outrageous system of bribery, backhanding, and corporate "giveaways" (hi, Dell sales team, Intel guys given you anymore T-shirts, mugs, and bags yet?), along with a system of Business/server sales 'meet and greets' reminiscent of cold-war arms dealer "lets go play some golf on mars guys, Im paying" style antics.
Despite a worsening situation which AMD didnt have the cash or the sales foothold to combat as it ploughed a greater share of its turnover into R&D than intel (resulting in the first desktop x64 chips) AMD still continued to make a better buy on the performance/price ratio until recently, where its R&D team is churning out superior design chips that the company cant afford to manufacture due to the fact it cant sell its products, because every man and his dog is brainwashed by that goddamned Intel jingle.
If I sound like a Tin-foil hatguy, If you ever watched a TV advert in the UK for PC world, Time computers, Gateway etc during 1998-2005, and at any point they mention intel processors and the Ad stops and they play the jingle? That Ad was 30-100% subsidised by intel.
**Tombstone for AMD. maybe eventually intel will run out of ways to appeal and have to pay some irrelevant, cut-down, slashed fine in around 5 years time, probably just enough to buy a metaphorical wreath for AMDs corporate grave.