Intel Pays Dell Not To Use AMD

This is interesting news (if it's true).

…from at least 2003 to 2006 Dell received massive, undisclosed, end-of-quarter rebate payments from Intel in exchange for Dell's agreement not to ship any computers using microprocessors made by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The payments were allegedly never less than $100 million per quarter and, in at least one year, totaled about $1 billion.

Seems like that should appear in their financial statements somewhere, but I didn't see anything in Dell's latest annual report.

  • I just finished reading Parloff’s post. One commentator said, “I thought these things only happen in developing and third-world countries where government and business leaders are reputedly corrupt. Right here in the US of A? Shame.” I can not but agree with this guy. In USA!!!! such a shame.