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Intel still maintains its innocence

Intel and Microsoft are two of the largest and most dominant companies in the technology industry. Both of the companies have also been accused of antitrust violations over the years and have at times been found guilty of the accusations.

Intel has been battling EU regulators over antitrust allegations claiming it abused it dominant market position to prevent its main rival, AMD, from gaining traction in the marketplace. The allegations claim that Intel was illegally paying computer makers to postpone or cancel the launch of products using AMD processors according to insiders close to the case.

Reuters reports that EU regulators are set to decide on Wednesday to fine Intel and order it to change its business practices. One EU executive claimed that Intel has practiced "naked restrictions" to competition in the market.

There is no indication at this time on how large the fine assessed against Intel might be; the largest fine ever assessed by the commission for abuse of a dominant position in the marketplace was the $655 million fine levied against Microsoft in March of 2004.

According to sources cited by Reuters, the EU commission is expected to rule that Intel committed two violations. One of the violations alleges that Intel paid computer makers to delay or outright scrap products using AMD processors. Intel is also said to offer other inducements to computer makers to get them to sell Intel only machines.

Intel allegedly set the percentages of its chips that PC makers had to use. NEC was told that 20% of its notebooks could use AMD CPUs according to sources. The source claimed that all Lenovo notebooks had to use Intel chips and many Dell products had to as well. HP is claimed to have been required to offer 95% of its notebooks with Intel processors. Intel had no comment on the claims and still maintains it did nothing wrong.



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RE: not sure why
By StevoLincolnite on 5/11/2009 11:15:54 AM , Rating: 2
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Thats not the issue. Apparently the comments on these articles is escaping you. Its the EU using this as a money farm.


That maybe so, but the issue was that Intel was being anti-competitive.

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There is a competitor and was one during the entire time frame of these allegations, so you don't really have an argument here.


And if there wasn't? However the Anti-Competitive behavior performed may have eluded AMD of some profits, which could have been utilized to pioneer more advanced Central Processing Units in order to best Intel, hence driving competition and ultimately lower prices, or did that slip your mind? :/ You seem to have a very one tracked mind on this subject and that is "The EU is the devil, Intel owns, Intel is an American company and has no right". - Well news flash, Intel is a world-wide company, if they intend to sell a product in another country, they have to obey by that countries rules.

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I beg to differ that this happens in every market. Prices drop on old products when new ones come out, what shocker of an argument you have going there.


Of course the prices drop on old products when new ones are released, but it is accelerated when a competitor is in the market, but that wouldn't happen if AMD was almost non-existent, which is the bases of the argument.


RE: not sure why
By SandmanWN on 5/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: not sure why
By SandmanWN on 5/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: not sure why
By omnicronx on 5/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: not sure why
By SandmanWN on 5/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: not sure why
By omnicronx on 5/11/2009 12:44:08 PM , Rating: 4
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Again you are fooling yourself. You'll never see even the slightest piece of this pie.
First time you have been correct all day! I don't live in the EU!

P.S Pooled money is pooled money, I see you have problems grasping this, but any monies going back into the government is spent on its citizens in one way or another, directly or indirectly.


RE: not sure why
By SandmanWN on 5/11/09, Rating: 0
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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