AMD Responds to Intel Fine; Likes it a Lot

The European Commission yesterday imposed a fine of $1.45 billion on Intel as punishment for what it felt was anticompetitive behavior designed to push rival AMD out of the market. While Intel’s Paul Otellini has said the company will be appealing the fine AMD fully supports the decision, of course, and maintains that Intel’s pricing practices broke the law.

"After an exhaustive investigation, the EU came to one conclusion--Intel broke the law and consumers were hurt," Tom McCoy, AMD's executive vice president for legal affairs, said in a statement. "With this ruling, the industry will benefit from an end to Intel's monopoly-inflated pricing and European consumers will enjoy greater choice, value and innovation."

Intel maintains that it acted well within legal boundaries by offering rebates to manufacturers who agreed to obtain the majority of their processors from Intel as well as paying manufacturers to either delay or cancel the launch of AMD-based products.

This week, speculation has been mounting as to whether or not Intel will face the same level of scrutiny at home following statements from Christine Varney, the DOJ's top antitrust official. In a speech to the Center for American Progress, Varney said the Department of Justice will be "aggressively pursuing cases where monopolists try to use their dominance in the marketplace to stifle competition and harm consumers.”

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  • PT88
    Gonna get smacked in the US as well

    Only gets better!!!!
  • erdinger
    .... Intel's name is hurt, and we all hope they wont do such shit again
  • PT88
    Although i have one point about AMD, in the consumer Laptop Market, AMD really need to come up with a mobile processor to try and rival the core 2 duo's, because Turionx2's just dont cut it these days....