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AMD this month has agreed to pay compensation that totals $12.1 million to users who purchased FX-8000/9000 CPUs via its website or in the state of California. The case comes down to AMD advertising these processors as having 8 cores, and the claim that a shared FPU unit within a 'dual core' module does not constitute an actual core of performance similar to a separate core/FPU unit. Users who qualify for the compensation are estimated to recieve in the region on $35, depending on the exact uptake, and no one person can claim more than $7500. AMD’s Bulldozer microarchitecture used 'dual-core modules' containing two independent ALUs and a shared FPU. AMD believed that such design allowed it to call its FX-8000 and FX-9000 series processors...

European Commission Fines Qualcomm €242m For Anti-trust Violations

Today the European Commission has concluded a 4 year long antitrust investigation into anti-competitive business behaviour of Qualcomm against other players in the market, and has fined the company...

29 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/18/2019

United States Rules Qualcomm In Violation of Antitrust Laws - Qualcomm To Appeal

The United States Federal Trade Commission’s case against Qualcomm has just taken an important step. In a ruling released last night, the US District Court judge Lucy Koh issued...

16 by Ryan Smith on 5/22/2019

US Charges Huawei for Technology Theft & Violating Sanctions, China Rebukes "Unreasonable Crackdown"

The political news cycle around Huawei over the last few weeks has been particularly active. As trade tensions between the US and China over the last year have risen...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/29/2019

Canada Arrests Huawei CFO; Extradition Hearing to US Planned

In a brief announcement released today, Canada’s Department of Justice has announced that it has arrested the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou. According to Canadian government, Meng...

32 by Ryan Smith on 12/5/2018

AMD Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Vizio & Others; Vizio Ordered To Cease Some TV Imports

AMD has won a round in its legal battle against makers of TVs at the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC). The Commission found that Vizio and Sigma...

58 by Anton Shilov on 8/24/2018

ZTE Gets a Reprieve: US Suspends Tech Ban In Exchange For Record Fines & US Oversight

Back in April, as punishment for continued violations of a previous export ban settlement with the US, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security enacted a...

28 by Ryan Smith on 6/7/2018

Broadcom-Qualcomm Takeover Blocked By White House on National Security Grounds

Stepping into the increasingly wild saga that has been Broadcom’s efforts to purchase Qualcomm, the US government is now weighing in by issuing a new order to block the...

52 by Ryan Smith on 3/12/2018

European Union Fines Qualcomm $1.23 Billion for Anti-Competitive Apple Deal

This morning the European Union’s European Commission became the latest regulatory body to fine Qualcomm over anti-competitive actions undertaken by the company. The investigation, which we’ve been expecting the...

36 by Ryan Smith on 1/24/2018

Taiwan Fines Qualcomm $773 Million for Antitrust Violations

Qualcomm’s global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly $773 million (NT$23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development...

10 by Nate Oh on 10/12/2017

Toshiba Signs Deal To Sell Memory Business

After being approved by the board of directors last week, Toshiba's deal to sell their memory business to a consortium led by Bain Capital has been signed and will...

9 by Billy Tallis on 9/28/2017

Toshiba To Proceed With Sale Of Memory Business To Consortium

The latest and possibly final round of bidding for Toshiba's memory business concluded today with Toshiba's board selecting a consortium led by private equity firm Bain Capital as the...

12 by Billy Tallis on 9/20/2017

Joint Venture Dispute Between Toshiba and Western Digital Escalates, Toshiba Still Unable to Sell NAND Business

Due to serious financial difficulties, Toshiba is trying to sell off their stake of their very successful flash memory business to keep the rest of the company afloat. Western...

11 by Billy Tallis on 6/29/2017

Google Fined €2.42B by European Commission for Antitrust Violations

This morning Google has become a new record holder in the European Union; unfortunately however it’s not a good record to hold. Capping off a multi-year investigation, the European Commission...

29 by Ryan Smith on 6/27/2017

Imagination Technologies Formally Puts Itself Up For Sale

The fate of Imagination Technologies has become something of a saga in recent months. The prolific IP vendor, Apple’s right-hand supplier for GPU designs and IP over the last...

36 by Ryan Smith on 6/22/2017

Western Digital Seeks To Intervene In Toshiba's Sale Of Memory Business

Western Digital, through its SanDisk subsidiary, is seeking arbitration to prevent Toshiba from selling off its stake in their flash memory joint venture without the consent of Western Digital...

12 by Billy Tallis on 5/23/2017

Imagination to Double-Down on GPU Business, MIPS and Ensigma to Be Sold

Just over a month ago, Imagination Technologies dropped the bombshell announcement that their largest customer, Apple, would be phasing out their use of Imagination’s GPU IP in their SoC...

106 by Ryan Smith on 5/4/2017

Qualcomm Countersues Apple, Accuses Company of Launching Global Attack Against Qualcomm

For better or worse, this decade has marked an explosion of mobile-related lawsuits and anti-trust actions across the globe. Now, that trend is reaching what may be its apex...

25 by Ryan Smith on 4/11/2017

Apple To Develop Own GPU, Drop Imagination's GPUs From SoCs

In a bombshell of a press release issued this morning, Imagination has announced that Apple has informed their long-time GPU partner that they will be winding down their use...

144 by Ryan Smith on 4/3/2017

AMD Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against LG, MediaTek, Sigma Designs, and Vizio

Late last month, AMD filed a legal complaint against a number of companies accusing them of infringing its patents covering graphics processing technologies. The company requested the United States...

76 by Anton Shilov & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2017

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