Lawsuit Filed Against AMD For Alleged Misrepresentation Of CPU
Just when you thought things were looking good for AMD with them gaining a lead over Nvidia in recent benchmarks and the imminent arrival of Zen architecture, another obstacle appears in the way of the computer chip manufacturer. The company is now facing a lawsuit over allegations of deceptive marketing of one of their CPUs.
Tony Dickey, along with several other AMD users who feel the same way, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company on October 26th in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. According to the lawsuit, AMD perpetrated violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law, false advertising, fraud, breach of express warrant, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment.
The lawsuit is against their new Bulldozer CPU which the company advertised as having 8-cores, capable of performing eight calculations simultaneously. Dickey alleges that AMD overstated the number of cores in the chip when in fact Bulldozer only contains four cores.
The suit alleges AMD built the Bulldozer processors by stripping away components from two cores and combining what was left to make a single “module.” In doing so, however, the cores no longer work independently.
According to Dickey, the average PC user lacks the technical expertise to understand the design of the chip and believes that AMD would do right by them which supposedly the company didn’t do. Tens of thousands of consumers have been misled into buying Bulldozer CPUs when in fact the chip isn’t even capable of performing like a true 8-core CPU.
Through the lawsuit, Dickey and the others are looking for compensation for damages including statutory and punitive, litigation expenses and judgement interests.
Source: Legal Newsline