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An engineer, who used to work at Intel Corp., has reportedly admitted in providing sensitive data to the world's largest chipmakers' rival: Advanced Micro Devices. While it is not clear what kind of information has been transferred from Intel to AMD and whether it has been used, the fact itself seems to be an important one.

Biswamohan Pani, an ex-Intel employee, admitted to stealing “valuable computer chip manufacturing and design documents from his former employer,” according a U.S. Justice Department statement, reports Bloomberg news-agency. Apparently, Mr. Pani "started downloading from Intel computers numerous secret documents about Intel’s manufacturing and design of computer chips" to advance his career with AMD.

The engineer notified Intel of his intention to leave in late May, 2008, and noted June 11, 2008, as his last day at Intel. He started with AMD on June 2, 2008, which gave him access to Intel's data for nine days while being employed by its main rival.

Exact ramification of the data leak is unclear. It is hard to imagine that the engineer disclosed strategically important facts as they are well known already thanks to independent analysts. Intel microprocessor design details disclosure is hardly something that AMD might have used as the two companies have chosen tremendously different approaches to chip design and manufacturing. What may be very important is Intel's roadmap and technologies that the chipmaker needs to implement new features. Unfortunately, the details are scarce at the moment.

"The FBI was able to recover these documents quickly, before Pani could use them to Intel’s disadvantage, largely because Intel reported the theft quickly and assisted the investigation. AMD also cooperated with the investigation and there was no evidence its personnel asked Pani to take the data or knew he had it, " a statement by the U.S published by the news-agency reads.

The case is U.S. v. Pani, 08-cr-40034, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Worcester).

Tags: Intel, AMD, Business

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AMD probably would have called the FBI as well. Corporate espionage like this is on the honor system: you don't do it to them so they don't do it to you. A guy who worked for Coca-Cola tried to sell the secret recipe to Pepsi...they called the police on him.
4 0 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 04/08/12 04:39:32 PM]
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Incorrect and sensationalist headline. He stole design data yes, but there is no evidence that suggest he gave the data to AMD.
4 2 [Posted by: quasi_accurate  | Date: 04/08/12 06:15:09 PM]
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Agreed, no evidence that the info. was ever provided to AMD.

The dumbarse engineer should do prison time for being unethical and stupid.
8 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/08/12 07:14:25 PM]
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actually in the legit reviews article, they said AMD did nothing wrong, THEY DIDN'T TAKE THE INFO
4 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 04/09/12 04:10:51 AM]
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Which really was the smart thing to do. Good to see that AMD has brains unlike Pani
4 0 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 04/09/12 06:17:39 AM]
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they are the fifth most trusted company in the USA according to truse across america
0 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 04/10/12 12:51:55 PM]
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Prison, end of story
4 0 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 04/08/12 08:54:09 PM]
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The data he prob stole was from the Intel Atom and AMD took a look at it and said, if we design our chips in the future around this, we will surely go bankrupt no thanks. LOL
4 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 04/08/12 11:25:10 PM]
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Nice try :D

But that idiosyncratic atom still tries to put itself in everybody as*s no matter how essential bad product it was even when it shine out to the market. Never forget the old saying when money talks, bulls*it walks, and these dont just walk or drive --it flies.


It reminds on satellite dish hidden in Cartmas a*ss to comunicate with cow stealing aliens.
2 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/09/12 09:29:12 AM]
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LOL

Yeah, AMD was so shocked by the Atom, that AMD called the FBI before he could sell it to anyone else (AMD killed it b4 it could lay eggs).

Just imagine if The Atom got out in the wild, we would go back 5 years.. thank god it never happened
1 1 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 04/09/12 02:41:39 PM]
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lmao; the worst part about it, is a dual core pentium G530 is 50$, and the cheapest atom is like 35$? Yet the pentium is 5 times the performance. The name is stupid; the cpu is huge for an Atom.
0 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 04/10/12 01:41:05 PM]
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It's just cheap rotten prank. And intel in fact tries to shag some money/tech out from DAMN.

Some bureauocracy twiddle is no way near some real industrial espionage stuff. Otherways it would never end up in some news story like this. These are just intel-damns fool play to shag money technology deals out of each other. And we all know who holds the bigger club.
2 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/09/12 09:23:57 AM]
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I agree, i also think this is a cheap shot by Intel
0 1 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 04/09/12 02:43:17 PM]
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Intel would not send an idiot to get the job done. Nah, this is just intel noticing: "ohh look at what this employee did while he was employed at AMD, let's sew and call it corporate espionage." "Lets not take any chances, better that we know the tech is safe, then putting the guy behind bars". That's exactly how it went. The guy was probably holding on to it "to inspire new ideas" which had the FBI not become aware of the presence of these documents, he would have been scot free. Now he's scot free, but it's Intel's cigar.
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