SAN FRANCISCO—Quanta Computer Inc., a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of notebook computers, filed a lawsuit Tuesday (Jan. 3) against Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), alleging breach of contract and saying AMD sold defective products, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service.
The suit, filed in U.S. federal court in San Jose, Calif., alleges that chips sold by AMD and its ATI Technologies didn't meet specified heat tolerances, according to the report. The chips were allegedly used in notebook computers Quanta made for NEC Corp. and caused the computers to malfunction, according to the report, which cites the court filing.
Quanta is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages, according to the report. The suit also claims breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, civil fraud and interference with a contract, according to the report.
In response to a request for comment from EE Times, a spokesman for AMD said the company disputes the allegations in the Quanta complaint and believes they are without merit. "AMD is aware of no other customer reports of the alleged issues with the AMD chip that Quanta used, which AMD no longer sells," the spokesman said. "In fact, Quanta has itself acknowledged to AMD that it used the identical chip in large volumes in a different computer platform that it manufactured for NEC without such issues."