The trial date in a long-running legal battle between chip giant Intel and rival AMD was delayed until 2010, both companies said on Thursday.
In the lawsuit originally filed in 2005, AMD accused Intel of giving
computer makers illegal discounts and retaliating against manufacturers who
used AMD chips or stores that gave significant shelf space to computers with
Intel has denied any wrongdoing.
The two sides will split 250 days to depose witnesses, with AMD getting
slightly more than Intel, said AMD attorney Chuck Diamond and Intel
spokesman Chuck Mulloy, both of whom were at a hearing at the U.S. District
Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington.
The trial had been set for April 2009, but was pushed back to February 20,
2010, said Diamond.
AMD had asked the court for 486 depositions in hopes of proving that Intel
broke the law in competing with AMD. Intel sought to limit each company to
Intel will also be required to produce Edward Ho, an Intel employee in
China, for a deposition, said Diamond and Mulloy by telephone. AMD hopes
that Ho's testimony will help them prove their case.