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Intel and AMD comment on EC ruling

Carol Ko | May 14, 2009
Intel will appeal, said Intel's CEO

Meyer said AMD is looking forward to the move from a world in which Intel ruled, to one which is ruled by customers.  

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

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, he said.

EC decision statement

The EC decision specified 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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