Digital to give Merced documents back to Intel

Digital says it will return some confidential documents to Intel that Digital had received under a nondisclosure agreement. In May, Intel filed suit against Digital to get back the documents, which were given to Digital as part of an information-sharing process Intel routinely engages in with manufacturers who intend to design systems based on its chips. Digital will return documents pertaining to Merced, Intel's forthcoming 64-bit processor - but not other documents mentioned in Intel's lawsuit.

Digital says it will return some confidential documents to Intel that Digital had received under a nondisclosure agreement.

In May, Intel filed suit against Digital to get back the documents, which were given to Digital as part of an information-sharing process Intel routinely engages in with manufacturers who intend to design systems based on its chips.

Digital will return documents pertaining to Merced, Intel's forthcoming 64-bit processor, according to a Digital official.

"We are sending them documents that had to do with the Merced design," says Dan Kaferle, a Digital spokesman. Digital is not participating in the development of Merced, so the company has no need of the documents, he says.

But Digital will not return the other documents mentioned in Intel's lawsuit.

"Under our long-standing nondisclosure arrangement [with Intel], we have a right to those documents," Kaferle says. "Intel is breaching its obligations by trying to terminate those nondisclosure agreements and having us return those materials."

But Intel maintains that the nondisclosure agreement, which Digital signed, explicitly gives Intel the right to request the return of its documents.

"The language is clear [and] says that Intel may ask for, at any time, for any reason, the return of its documents," says Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman.

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