Industrious, aren’t they?
Taiwanese officials shut down late last week a Taipei workshop reportedly making counterfeit AMD chips. The news has put a damper on the release of Alchemy, the company’s new processor.
Reports published by area news Web site Sin Chew Daily said one man had been arrested after investigators found the warehouse illegally re-labeling as many as one million chips as AMD Athlon XP microprocessors.
The practice, as “re-marking,” involves resellers and/or distributors who may purchase less expensive processors that are rated at lower clock frequencies and then re-mark them at higher clock frequencies for resale.
Tech industry site X-bit labs reported Saturday many of the fakes were headed for South Asian markets but some of the SKUs may have landed in Germany. Representatives with AMD were not immediately available for comment. [/quote]