Originally Posted by Chozart
No big deal.
Intel will pay the fine (a complete random guess would be $1 billion... and heck, even if it's $2 billion, still no biggy), take a slight drop in profit, and carry on with business as usual. There is no way they're going to refuse to pay and give up a market as big and profitable as the E.U.
But before they pay, they'll appeal and drag as long they can. Don't you think companies like Intel and MS have special reserves for these kinds of fines? They EXPECT this to happen at some point.
You just said $1-2 Billion would not be that big of a deal...wow
2 Billion dollars is definitely going to hurt the bottom line. Combined with the fallout from the change in consumer attitude, Intel will definitely be affected by this decision. ALSO, their highly anticipated new notebook CPU is being delayed right in time for back-to-school shipments.
Fanboy's need to recognize that 2008 will probably not be the stellar year Intel should have had. Intel is a publicly traded company. The only thing that matters is shareholder value. People that have no idea about the technicalities of the ongoing battle between Intel, AMD and now Nvidia see that Intel has just cheated their way to where they are now.
I always thought it was weird that Dell did not sell ANY AMD CPU's. Now at least we have some clarification on the issue.