The Channel logo

News

By | John Oates 16th July 2008 10:34

EU dumps more anti-trust charges on Intel

Antitrust probe embiggened

Chipmaker Intel is facing more EU competition charges relating to allegations that it abused its dominant position to keep computers with AMD chips out of European shops.

Intel has been under European Commission investigation since 2001. Along with Dixons Store Group it had its offices raided by investigators in 2005, with a repeat performance for both companies happening earlier this year.

The Commission could lay new charges later this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is alleged to have offered discounts and rebates to retailers who agreed not to stock AMD chips. The way Intel shared out marketing funds with partners is also under investigation.

New charges could delay the case - Intel will have two months to respond to any allegations made. After this the Commission could decide to publicly charge the company with anti-trust offences.

Intel said it was cooperating with the investigation, and believed its behaviour had been legal.

Intel is under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office as well as South Korean regulators, and recently settled a similar case in Japan. ®

alert Send corrections

Opinion

Ship scrapyard photo via Shutterstock
Windows 10 Universal Apps
Windows 10 on Surface 3

Tim Anderson

It's do-or-die for Microsoft's new operating system on 29 July

Features

Steve Ballmer. Pic:  Aanjhan Ranganathan
Nokia is the biggest write-off yet, but it wasn't the first
Confused computer keyboard
Last Christmas, I gave you my Cloud, the very next day you gave it away
Time to pull out the magnifying glass to swot up on those Ts&Cs
Android icon desktop toys
Nice devices, now speak 'enterprise' to me