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AMD's Top Exec Challenges Intel, Dell

Top Executives at Advanced Micro Devices weighed in on rival Intel's competitive practices and a potential deal with Dell at its annual analyst conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday.

Though Advanced Micro Devices is demonstrating clear growth -- the company expects to double its market share in 2006 and is committed to being the dominant provider of server chips by the end of the decade -- Hector Ruiz, AMD's chairman, CEO and president, said a recent antitrust suit against Intel is still valid. Yes, AMD has been growing at a good clip, but growth would be higher if it were unhampered by unfair competitive practices by Intel, Ruiz charged.

"Imagine how much faster we could grow if we are not impeded," he said in a meeting with journalists after the conference.

Henri Richard, executive vice president of sales and marketing of the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker, put it another way: "If you are a criminal and did a lot of bad things two years ago that doesn't mean you are still not a criminal."

AMD lodged the compliant against Intel in June, alleging Intel offered exclusive deals for outright cash payments, controlled OEMs by restricting rebates and MDF, and threatened retaliation for using competing products, among other issues. In a previous statement, Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini has denied AMD's charges.

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