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A Year Ago: FTC witness list released in Intel case

The US Federal Trade Commission on Friday named the witnesses it will call in its upcoming antirust case against Intel

Starting on March 9 in Washington, the FTC will call 24 witnesses, including past and present Intel executives; officials from Compaq Computer, Advanced Micro Devices and Intergraph; as well as a number of college professors.

First on the FTC's list is Richard Barnes, a retired Compaq executive who had served as chief technical officer for the Houston-based PC maker. Also testifying from Compaq will be Howard Elias, vice president and general manager of its storage products division and a former Digital Equipment official. Another former Digital executive who will testify is Robert Frame, director of engineering for Compaq's Portable Development Centre.

Former Digital chief executive Robert Palmer will also testify, along with James Paschal, who had been vice president of engineering for Compaq's Desktop Products Group before he retired. Finally, former Digital AltaVista chief executive Rodney Schrock will testify.

Digital is one of the three companies named in the FTC's original antitrust suit against Intel. The suit charges that after Compaq, Intergraph and Digital separately sued Intel for patent infringement, the Californian microprocessor giant cut off information that was critical to their development of PCs and workstations.

Intergraph executives who will be called to testify include Wade Patterson, president of the company, and James Meadlock, chairman and chief executive. Testifying from Intel rival AMD will be Robert Herb, AMD's senior vice president and co-chief marketing executive. Joining Herb will be S Atiq Raza, AMD's executive vice president and chief technical officer.

Several former Intel managers will also be called by the FTC, including Gordon Campbell, now a venture capitalist, and Vinod Dham, currently chairman, president and chief executive of Silicon Spice. They will give testimony by deposition.

Also testifying for the FTC will be Gary Pat Campbell, vice president and director of electronic components distributor Rep; David Hixon, a lawyer for Motorola; Lee Hoevel, president of consulting firm International Meta Systems in Texas; Dean Klein, vice president for integrated products at Micron Technology Idaho; and Donald Lewine, Data General chief technical officer.

The FTC will also call several expert witnesses. They include G Gervaise Davis, an attorney practising intellectual property law in California; Yale Patt, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan; patent attorney Donald Quigg; Frederic Scherer, a professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government; and Thomas Respess, assistant director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition's accounting and finance group.

Testifying from Intel will be Cheryl Dilley, a project manager in the Customer Information Management Services operation in California, and Albert Yu, a senior vice president in charge of its microprocessor division.

According to published reports, Intel may also call its chairman, Andrew Grove, and chief executive Craig Barrett to testify on its behalf. It will also call Palmer, citing a deposition in which Palmer said Intel practices had no effect on Digital's microprocessor business.