Wednesday, May 13th 2009

EU Fines Intel a Record €1.06 Billion in Antitrust Case

Following the news we covered the other day, the verdict is now in, and as expected Intel has been found guilty and fined €1.06 Billion ($1.45b/£948m) by the European Commission for anti-competitive practices. This fine smashes the €497 million fine issued to Microsoft by the EU in 2004 for abusing its dominant market position. Nine years on from when AMD first made a complaint that Intel had paid computer manufacturers not to use AMD chips in Europe the EU have ruled that Intel had given rebates to manufacturer's if they only used their chips, and had also found that a retailer had been paid to sell only Intel based systems.
"Intel has harmed millions of European consumers by deliberately acting to keep competitors out of the market for computer chips for many years," said Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, "Such a serious and sustained violation of the EU's antitrust rules cannot be tolerated."Source: BBC
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77 Comments on EU Fines Intel a Record €1.06 Billion in Antitrust Case

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Sihastru said:
Do you know of any VW/Porsche exclusive dealers selling other cars then: VW, Porsche, Seat, Audi, Lamborghini? Have you ever seen a Fiat near a Lamborghini at an exclusive dealer?

EDIT: VW/Porsche/Seat/Audi/Lamborghini are part of the same GROUP. Dealers are exclusive to them because they get special treatment for this exclusiveness.
That's correct, but they are exactly that - VW/Porsche/Seat/Audi/Lamborghini exclusive dealers, whereas this case is about a "Joe's PCs", which isn't officially exclusive to Intel.
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vega22
its about time this was finished but imo its just a shame it took so long and was such a small amount in comparison to what intel have made and amd have lost, hell i bet this hardly covers the intrest on their past couple of years loans :(

they was doing this at a time when they (intel) had the weaker product and as others have said the average joe didnt know who/what amd was. if dell and the likes had been able to promote and sell both platforms on equal terms im sure amd would not of had the financial troubles they have had.
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