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Intel dismisses AMD antitrust study claims

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More salvo from blue to green

In the latest salvo between Intel and AMD, Intel has disregarded AMD’s latest study that alleges Intel unfairly profited from microprocessor sales by more than $60 billion from 1996 to 2006 through anti-competitive and monopolistic practices.

The AMD study was undertaken by an expert hired by AMD’s attorneys, and bases its calculations on allegations against Intel’s business practices of illegal discounting, below-cost pricing and improper payments made to computer makers if they agreed not to use AMD products.

The AMD study is also based on an antitrust case in Japan brought by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission that claimed Intel had offered “improper” rebates to computer manufacturers; the Japanese Fair Trade Commission case was settled by Intel in 2005 for an undisclosed amount.

The AMD expert analysis study suggests that from 1996 to 2006 consumers would have saved at least $60 billion and computer manufacturers would have saved at least $20 billion had Intel not engaged in its monopolistic behavior.

Intel countered that the AMD study lacks basis in fact and is mere “wild speculation” on AMD’s part.  The European Commission is expected to make its decision in the antitrust case in mid-September.

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Last modified on 03 August 2007
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