Digital is attempting to persuade the US authorities to start an antitrust case against Intel, according to the 'New York Times'.
The senior legal counsel at Digital, Thomas Siekman, wrote to his counterpart at Intel and, according to the newspaper, has asked the Justice Department to open an enquiry because the chip giant is under an obligation to tell Digital about its future products.
But the move may conceal fear at Digital that Intel will refuse to supply it with processors after its current order book expires in the third quarter, according to Joe D?Elia, senior analyst at Dataquest UK.
He said: ?It?s taken Digital a long time to come to this conclusion so one wonders what the motivation is behind it. Intel has had 80 per cent of this market for a huge number of years.?
According to D?Elia, Digital?s PC business would not be able to survive using clone chips supplied by AMD or Cyrix. ?They can?t use what are essentially desktop products in notebooks or servers so a refusal by Intel to supply processors will impact them severely,? he said.
He said that Intel does not have to supply chips to Digital. ?It (Digital) must be trying to protect its source of supply for PCs,? he said.
Four years ago, the Department of Justice dropped a previous antitrust investigation into Intel. It refused to comment on whether it would act this time.
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