AMD will pay Bulldozer buyers a total of $ 12.1 million after ‘fake core lawsuit’
Core count gone wrong
At the beginning of this year, it was announced that a lawsuit against AMD was filed in 2015 concerning the Bulldozer architecture for CPUs. The chip designer would have misled customers because an 8-core Bulldozer chip would not be a real octacore. Ultimately, the judge went along with the prosecutor. Now, according to the outcome of the case, AMD has made a pot available for buyers of the chips, so that they can claim compensation.
According to critics, the $ 12.1 million fund is not nearly enough to cover all customer purchases. According to them, AMD would have to pay an additional $ 60 million. In addition, the game is set up according to a ‘who comes first, the first served principle’, and not according to a per-chip arrangement. Not every claimant therefore needs to receive the same compensation. Under such a per-chip arrangement, every buyer of a single eight-core chip would receive $ 35. AMD, however, assumes that only 20% of Bulldozer owners will submit the claim. It is also not yet known how much the class action lawyers are going to ask from prosecutors, in general they are not exactly cheap with a fee of 15 to 20% of the money of the agreement.
The whole fiasco revolves around the question whether the Bulldozer chip with eight cores actually has eight cores. The chip designer is of the opinion that four chip modules with two conveyors each are a total of eight cores (AMD calculates the components that make the calculations as separate cores). A survey has shown that 47% of the participants believe that a core should be completely independent, while 28% support AMD. The remaining 25% have stated that they cannot decide on this.