Digital is likely to be driven further into the arms of Cyrix and AMD after Intel issued a countersuit against it yesterday, suing for return of its intellectual property.
According to a representative at the company, Intel had asked Digital to return confidential information about its products, transferred to it over several years. Despite three requests, Digital refused to return it.
?The next thing we have to do is to take out a preliminary injunction to which they then have to respond,? she said. That process is likely to take some time but in the mean time, Intel will continue to honour its existing arrangements with Digital, she said.
Joe D?Elia, a senior semiconductor analyst at Dataquest UK, said: ?I suspect Digital has Cyrix and AMD knocking on its doors furiously. I?m sure that over the years Intel has given Digital lots of documents which are covered by non-disclosure agreements. If Digital had anticipated that Intel would countersue them, I?m surprised they didn?t give the information back earlier.?
Digital had no comment to make on the countersuit.
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