Intergraph claims that it is quitting the PC business and laying off 200 staff because Intel has failed to comply with a Federal Court ruling to allow it access to product samples and information.
Intergraph filed a motion with the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against the chip giant on Wednesday, accusing it of failing to live up to the injunction, which was issued in April, 1998. The case is due to be heard in June, 2000.
But Intel claimed that it had obeyed the ruling.
A spokesman said: "Intel believes it is in full compliance with both the letter and spirit of the judge's preliminary injunction. We have treated Intergraph the same as similarly situated customers, consistent with the judge’s order. We believe the judge will ultimately conclude that we are in compliance with his order."
James Meadlock, Intergraph’s chief executive, attested, however, that Intel had failed to live up to the injunction, which required the chip maker to treat Intergraph in the same way it had before their dispute.
"Intel’s stonewall tactics are working against us, whether it means to hurt us or make an example out of us for the computer industry," he said.
He specifically alleged that Intel failed to provide Intergraph with sufficient data about its Pentium III Xeon chip and cost it a multimillion dollar contract because it did not provide a letter to a customer, Petroleos Mexicanos, that certified it planned to produce a machine based on the processor.
While the Intel spokesman refused to comment on the specific allegations, Intergraph said it was quitting the PC business and would lay off 200 of the 400 staff at its Computer Systems subsidiary because of the Intel roadblocks. For its second quarter, the firm posted a loss of $12.4 million.
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