Intel back in the hot seat, sued by FTC over "anticompetitive tactics"

By Matthew
Dec 16, 2009
  1. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit against Intel today, accusing the chip-maker of engaging in a decade-long run of anticompetitive practices. The FTC claims Intel used bullying tactics and bribes to steer computer makers such as Dell, HP and others away from superior rival products. This echoes other recent cases that led to a $1.25 billion settlement with AMD and a $1.45 billion fine in Europe.

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  2. Se7enVII

    Se7enVII TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Well I'm hoping with all the recent light that has been shed about Intel that AMD will finally be able to compete on even ground. More competition = consumer win!
  3. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    and maybe AMD can get some better technology on their boards. Yay fairness
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,887   +644

    Yay fairness but the thing is Intel are not being fair. AMD does have some good tech, if you have £80 to spend on a CPU I promise an AMD CPU would beat an Intel one any day! what intel has been doing is charging companys basically nothing for the chipset for these bad proccessors then forcing them a contract for that price so they have t buy a huge amount of them! basically force feeding a baby dirt. I hope Intel gets what coming to them. I don't think FTC would lightly make those aligations against the worlds biggest chip maker!
  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 526

    Hopefully this opens the door to more competition by AMD. I agree that More competition = consumer win!
  6. Let the chips fall where they may. Sorry, I coudn't resist that.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +238

    This is an old story with a new twist... Intel has always run the ragged edge of the gray area between savvy marketing and coercive thug. If somebody starts making inroads that might compromise their absolute dominance in a market, they pull out all the stops to cut the legs out from under that competition, and generally don't stop until some legal leash is yanked.

    Part of the funny stuff in this suit is that it almost boils down to this: The FTC doesn't want money, they just want Intel to agree to certain restrictions, which basically prevent Intel from discounting any of their products. The part that concerns me is that this would likely push prices up for the consumer in general.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,803   +483

    It's not like they don't have the money to pay the fine. They won 2x what they're paying now.
  9. BrownPaper

    BrownPaper TS Rookie Posts: 407

    Intel is just getting a slap on the wrist from what they did during the Pentium 4 vs. AMD Athlon 64 era. Athlon 64 was the superior product by far but Intel used its size and coerced OEMs into shutting AMD out of the market.

    I just wonder how much the Feds are going to punish Intel.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    I suspected this may be the case in netbooks. Via's Nano processor deserves to be in more than a couple netbooks.
  11. license27kill

    license27kill TS Member Posts: 70

    so intel has this all up to now huh... pity those gpu companies like nvidia.. most news ive been hearing is about nvida vs. intel always.. if they know they are such big profit company.. well i hope they will stay at it.. they should be contented not destroying the image of other company.. im really pissed off @intel..
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