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Intel fined $1.45 billion in Europe




This is huge — in a complaint filed by AMD to the European Commission, Intel was found in violation of anti-trust rules in Europe. The EU demands that Intel stop its unethical business practices and pay a fine of $1.145 billion.

The commission states that Intel was playing an unfair game against competitors, namely AMD.

… Intel paid computer makers to postpone or cancel plans to launch products that used AMD chips, paid illegal, secret rebates so computer makers would use mostly or entirely Intel chips, and paid a major retailer to stock only computers with its chips.

intelEurope has been known to be very vigilant/strict against multi-national companies. Before this $1.45 billion ruling, Microsoft was fined about $680 million for similar anti-trust cases years back.

Intel Corporation president and CEO Paul Otellini denies this ruling and says they will file an appeal.


Last quarter, Intel made a net income of $647 million from reported revenues of $7.1 billion. If the fine sticks, it could totally wipe out Intel’s income for the rest of the year.

{ via Canada.com and Earth Times }

Update: AMD sent out a press statement:

“After an exhaustive investigation, the EU came to one conclusion – Intel broke the law and consumers were hurt,” said Tom McCoy, AMD executive vice president for legal affairs. “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.”

The EC decision stated specifically that:

  • “Intel gave wholly or partially hidden rebates to computer manufacturers on condition that they bought all, or almost all, their x86 CPUs from Intel”.
  • “Intel made payments to major retailer Media Saturn Holding from October 2002 to December 2007 on condition that it exclusively sold Intel-based PCs in all countries in which Media Saturn Holding is active.“
  • Intel “interfered directly in the relations between computer manufacturers and AMD. Intel awarded computer manufacturers payments – unrelated to any particular purchases from Intel – on condition that these computer manufacturers postponed or cancelled the launch of specific AMD-based products.”



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8 Responses

  1. VIctor says:

    This adds up to the reason why I dont like Intel based products and love AMD based products more. In any kind of business, there will always be good karma and bad karma (depends on what these companies “do”..)

  2. rene says:

    If intel is doing this racket then it simply means that either they do not believe in their product or their product is inferior to AMD.

  3. gio says:

    morality has nothing to do with the quality of their product hehe

  4. domob17 says:

    It’s not a small fine, but it’s probably nowhere near what AMD lost through several years of Intel’s dirty tricks.

  5. JP Caparas says:

    This is definitely an incredulous issue. As said, Intel only made $647 last year; if they don’t resolve this soon, they’re probably file for bankruptcy (if ever the courts don’t reduce the fine).

    Anti-trust cases are everywhere. Spanning from software to hardware manufacturers, there’s no telling if even the complainant (AMD) has some dirty laundry.

    I’m not against Intel or anything, but could the courts cut them some slack. Intel has already cut off thousands of employees at the nucleus of the recession and now this. Thousands more might end up losing their households if the appeal is thwarted.

  6. Karl Mac says:

    Hmmm… That’s probably why intel’s chips are more expensive…

  7. Darren says:

    it’s an inevitable issue when a corporate is too big

    Microsoft is too. LOL

  8. Same old dirty sales strategy applied by INTEL ;)

    “Maliliit na chip maker ating tangkilikin pareho din naman ang teknolohiya sa presyong kaaya-aya, bat nga naman hindi di ba?”

    peace!

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