European Commission to handle Intel antitrust case


— 3:17 PM on September 11, 2006

Two months ago, AMD filed an antitrust complaint against Intel in Germany alleging that the company had pressured a major German retailer to not sell AMD processors. Germany's Federal Cartel Office was in talks with the European Commission about escalating the complaint, and it has now gotten its wish. Because the actions alleged by AMD are in line with a previous antitrust probe into Intel, the Commission has taken over the investigation. Considering how the Commission's current antitrust battle with Microsoft is progressing, Intel could be in for a rough ride if the investigation yields damning evidence.

Outside Europe, the chipmaker is also being investigated by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission over similar allegations. Last year, the Japanese Fair Trade Commission also ordered Intel to stop giving companies financial incentives to limit their use of AMD processors.

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