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Engineer Accused Of Stealing Secrets From Intel Corp.

A former Intel Corp. software engineer was charged with stealing millions of dollars of secrets from the computer company and giving them to arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

William Gaede, 42, was arrested Saturday by the FBI at his home in Mesa, Ariz. He was being held at the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, said sheriff’s spokesman Tim Campbell.

Gaede, an Argentine national who worked for Intel in Chandler, Ariz. in 1993-94, was charged with mail fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property.

An FBI complaint alleged Gaede sent videotapes with instructions for making Intel’s Pentium microprocessor to Sunnyvale, Calif-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The microprocessor is the brain of personal computers.

Advanced Micro Devices immediately turned the material over to Intel, the FBI said.