I think this is probably in the employee's pention plan or some other kind of retirement plan. I don't know what. I had a friend who used to work at Intel and they had some kind of retirement plan which Intel invested moeny in. I think Intel probably bought these shares for this plan. I may be totally wrong.
Actually you may be right, but these shares in question are part of thier normal investments. Intel currently has about 3.8 BILLION in stock in various companies (they took a bath in Enron stock) down from about 5 billion a year or two ago. Intel had owned AMD stock in the past but sold it. They repurchased 100,000 shares in the last quarter, just thought that was funny they bought em with Hammer on the horizon. Seems to me it means they expect AMD to be around for a while and make some $$ from Hammer =)