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AMD legal battle with Intel delayed to 2010

The trial date between chip giant Intel Corp and rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc was delayed until 2010, both companies said on Thursday.

In the lawsuit originally filed in 2005, AMD accused Intel of giving computer makers illegal discounts and retaliating against manufacturers who used AMD chips or stores that gave significant shelf space to computers with AMD chips.

Intel has denied any wrongdoing.

The two sides will split 250 days to depose witnesses, with AMD getting slightly more than Intel, said AMD attorney Chuck Diamond and Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy, both of whom were at a hearing at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington.

The trial had been set for April 2009, but was pushed back to February 20, 2010, said Diamond.

AMD had asked the court for 486 depositions in hopes of proving that Intel broke the law in competing with AMD. Intel sought to limit each company to 75 depositions.

Intel will also be required to produce Edward Ho, an Intel employee in China, for a deposition. AMD hopes that Ho’s testimony will help them prove their case.