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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 SandmanWN on 5/11/2009 11:35:28 AM , Rating: -1
And if there wasn't?

But there is and was and that means you are placing unfounded information as fact when you cannot possibly know the outcome.
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".

Not at all. I bought many Athlons and Opterons during this particular time period. I haven't bought an Intel processor since the PIII era. My entire argument is centered around the EU benefiting from something it shouldn't. You can play fanboi games all you want.

If you want to go down that road then your arguments are a bust for one simple reason. AMD completely fudged the opportunity. Their advertising was piss poor and they did nothing to capture the market. They left themselves wide open to get kicked in the rear. Their products became stagnant and their innovation floundered.

You can claim they would have made great strides but all evidence shows they have consistently failed to take advantage of the market repeatedly in the past. You can't really deny this can you?

Hell, I support AMD and recommend their products today even over better Intel products. I am rather impartial on this matter. Intel did something wrong. I just want the company that actually suffered to benefit from this ruling, not some governmental piece of garbage.

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
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
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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