[citation][nom]Tomfreak[/nom]I cant see the benefit of helping the patent troll. Wouldnt it be better(for intel) to only baking Nvidia consumer GPU chips and run AMD into ground? I know it is kinda bad for consumer, but if u are in Intel's shoe, it completely make sense to run AMD into ground.[/citation]
That's an excellent point. Well, not really, it's pretty ridiculous.
Someone would buy AMD rather than let it die. Maybe Samsung? Maybe IBM? Both companies already produce products superior to anything Intel does in some markets. Samsung for phones, IBM for servers (Power 7+ rapes anything Intel makes). Imagine their design resources and manufacturing capability backing AMD. Ouch.
More than that, imagine the scrutiny Intel would be under if AMD did not exist.
Intel is not worried about AMD, they've been competing with them for nearly 50 years. They are far more worried about Samsung, which by the way has much higher profits than Intel, and can match them in development money if need be. Plus, they can offer a range of products to customers that Intel couldn't dream of. They have a lot of good technology to bundle. Intel? Not so.
Also never forget, AMD owns x86-64, not Intel. Whoever owns AMD gets that leverage.
Intel has no interest in destroying AMD, especially the castrated current version that has no fabs. There are much bigger fish to fry, and those fish have big teeth.