What Does Intel Say for Now?
Not much. Right after the TFC plan was officially announced, Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy made a comment that has been spurring imaginations on to dream of legal confrontations on an unparalled scale. Not much has been said since, and it is quite possible the statement isn’t the prophecy of doom some would like to think:
“Intel has serious questions about this transaction as it relates to the license and will vigorously protect Intel's intellectual property rights." (Reuters)
While that could mean Intel is looking forward to spending a few years in court trying to put AMD out of business, it could also mean that Intel wants to make sure nothing in this deal would see AMD trying to get out of paying its royalties under the license, or sharing x86 processes and technology with third-party clients of The Foundry Company.
When taken at face value, the statement, though ambiguous, allows for the possibility that Intel will be satisfied by the answers they turn up to their “serious questions," and protecting their IP rights “vigorously" doesn’t necessarily require blocking the TFC deal.
Intel is unlikely to want to block the deal in court, even if they can. This series examines the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US might have to say about AMD’s deal with ATIC and Mubadala, both of which are owned entirely by the government of Abu Dhabi.