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As suspected, the European Union formally lodged antitrust charges against Intel, accusing the CPU maker of using illegal methods to compete against its main rival AMD. "I can confirm the statement of objections has been sent," European Commission spokesperson Ton Van Lierop said in a statement given to Reuters. This action represents the culmination of years of antitrust investigation by the EU—and is likely beginning of a very unpleasant experience for Intel. While the exact Statement of Objection (SO) has not yet been made public, the EU charges that Intel used illegal methods to coerce OEM computer manufacturers to ship systems with Intel rather than AMD processors.

The investigation in Europe has been going on for a long time. Intel's European offices were raided by EU investigators in 2005. Last year, AMD filed a formal complaint with the Bundeskartellamt, the German Federal Cartel Office, accusing a German and Intel of entering into an agreement under which the German retailer would only sell Intel PCs in exchange for undisclosed payments from Intel. The EC quickly took over that investigation from the Bundeskartellamt...
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...t-charges.html
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My guess its mosty related to the major price drops intel has been doing to drive amd out of business good for us consumers right now but bad if amd dies. Cause prices will sky rocket and nothing to drive them down.
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Good for them!







Punk'd. I agree with the charges though.
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My guess its mosty related to the major price drops intel has been doing to drive amd out of business good for us consumers right now but bad if amd dies. Cause prices will sky rocket and nothing to drive them down.
Theres not really much to drive intel's prices down now other than rumours and speculation, and man, lots of people are sittin well on these G0 stepping models.

Honestly, i want AMD to stay alive. But people really need to quit viewing it as economic Armageddon if they do go.
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in all reality what is stopping intel from uprooting and removing every trace of intel in europe ? and then refusing to sell chips to europe as well?

imo its not smart to piss off such a large company..... but thats my opinion...b
    
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in all reality what is stopping intel from uprooting and removing every trace of intel in europe ? and then refusing to sell chips to europe as well?

imo its not smart to piss off such a large company..... but thats my opinion...b
Hah yes, perfect. Sorry Europeans, but I think you should take Intel's side on this one unless you want to pay a humongous premium for ownage.
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Sillly European Union, they need to take a chill pill or something cuz this is how the whole business thing works... Also, Intel is have many price cut already so really what's the problem here?! AMD fanboy/arse kisser?!
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Intel has quaterly price cuts on the 22nd usually... This is good no? Why sue? I mean sure Intel is a big monopoly (well.. was) but man EU you already pay more than others now expect to pay even MORE.
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in all reality what is stopping intel from uprooting and removing every trace of intel in europe ? and then refusing to sell chips to europe as well?

imo its not smart to piss off such a large company..... but thats my opinion...b

~12-13% of the world's population lives in Europe, thats whats stopping Intel.

and so what if its a big company ? if they have done something wrong they must be held accountable, no point in being smug about it.

I am not saying Intel actually did anything, but I want to avoid the kind of statement mentioned above.
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~12-13% of the world's population lives in Europe, thats whats stopping Intel.

and so what if its a big company ? if they have done something wrong they must be held accountable, no point in being smug about it.

I am not saying Intel actually did anything, but I want to avoid the kind of statement mentioned above.
They can simply just raise prices...
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