In an obvious nod to the antitrust investigation against it, Intel has licensed the Pentium II to a first, as-yet unnamed third party, marking an abrupt turn-around in its policies. Previously, third parties were locked out of the Pentium II motherboard chipset design because Intel was trying to protect its intellectual property rights and prevent cloning. The licensing of this technology opens the floodgates for others to use the chipset, as was the case with the Pentium and Pentium MMX chipsets. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been trying to determine whether Intel's policy was an illegal abuse of its monopoly in microprocessors.

"We have concluded a license with a third-party company that will make chips," said Intel executive vice president Paul Otellini. "We will license to \[other\] companies \[as well\]