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AMD and Nvidia get antitrust subpoenas

One of the problems with the electronics industry is that if you’re good at something – like making DRAM or graphics cards – then eventually the authorities will want to know why you’re making so much money. This week the graphics cards makers AMD (which now owns ATI) and Nvidia have come under the US Department of Justice spotlight. The DoJ has subpoena’d the two firms in an antitrust probe of the graphics card market. So now they’ll be dragged through a very expensive process with lawyers being the only winners. It’s unlikely the DoJ will find any real wrongdoing on the part of the companies (unlike its recent DRAM probe).

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