Intel breaking European antitrust rules?

21 October, 2007
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The European Commission has accused Intel of abusing its dominant position in the microprocessor market to exclude its rival Advanced Micro Devices, in breach of European antitrust rules. The Commission sent Intel a Statement of Objections giving the company ten weeks to reply. A Statement of Objections is a formal accusation of antitrust violations. Intel abused its position in three ways, according to the Commission: by offering rebates to PC manufacturers that buy the majority of their processors from Intel; by making payments to some manufacturers to encourage them to delay or cancel products using AMD processors; and by selling processors below cost when bidding against AMD for contracts with server manufacturers.

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