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12 November 2009—Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, of Sunnyvale, Calif., say they've reached a comprehensive agreement to end all outstanding legal issues between the companies, including antitrust litigation and patent cross-license disputes. The settlement, in which Intel will pay AMD US $1.25 billion, leaves AMD the victor in a years-long battle that has involved government raids on Intel offices, multimillion dollar lawsuits, and huge fines. It could end some ongoing government legal actions against Intel, but others will likely continue. The deal also frees AMD to use Intel technology to manufacture its chips in any foundry.

"It's a pivot from war to peace," says Thomas M. McCoy, executive vice president of legal, corporate, and public affairs at AMD.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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