Intel to face antitrust penalties in Korea?

By Justin Mann on September 11, 2007, 2:40 PM
Intel's anti-trust issues exist all over the globe, including the U.S. and South Korea. Most recently, the Korean Fair Trade Commission has finished their investigation into Intel's business ethics, researching the claim that AMD made several years ago.

While Intel has asserted from the beginning that they have done nothing wrong, it seems that the KFTC disagrees. While the specific findings aren't available, nor if they found any incriminating evidence as to Intel's practices, it seems they do plan to impose some form of fee on Intel:

"The FTC gained some evidence backing up suspicions that Intel has offered discounts to computer makers in exchange for sealing exclusive deals, and coerced dealers not to buy products from rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)," said one source.
That's not coming from the KFTC however but rather a third party. If they do prove to be true, it could be used as a boon for AMD in other countries, particularly the U.S., where AMD is still trying to pursue Intel. There is no mention on what sort of penalties would be imposed or how much it would impact Intel's operations.

Whether or not Intel actually did what AMD claimed, offering discounts to their customs if they agreed not to offer AMD products, what is for certain is the the past three years have seen a very large increase in the number of vendors changing their stances and offering AMD products. The highest profile ones include Dell, who for years steered clear of them. With that out of the way, AMD has much bigger issues at hand now such as convincing the world that they need Barcelona.




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