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By JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer
Sat Jun 7, 5:29 AM ET



SAN JOSE, Calif. - Escalating the world's largest computer chip maker's legal woes, the Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal probe into Intel Corp.'s sales tactics, a victory for its much smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.




Intel disclosed Friday that it has received a subpoena from the FTC for records about Intel's microprocessor sales, which dominate the world market with a roughly 80 percent share.

The FTC's two-year investigation had been considered "informal" until that point, and Intel, which is already fighting antitrust charges in the European Union and was fined this week by antitrust regulators in South Korea, said it had been cooperating.

By opening a formal investigation, Intel said, the FTC will be able to get access to documents revealing Intel's communications with certain customers — documents Intel couldn't voluntarily provide because of a protective order that is part of a sweeping antitrust lawsuit AMD filed in 2005 that isn't expected to go to trial until 2010.

"From our perspective, it's not a surprising event nor is there any really substantive change in the relationship we've had with the FTC," Bruce Sewell, Intel's general counsel, said in an interview.

The FTC's intensifying look at Intel's business practices is a result of AMD's long-running campaign to convince antitrust regulators around the world that its business has been hurt by Intel's aggressive tactics. AMD also said Friday that it received a subpoena this week from the FTC — though the company said it is not a target of the investigation.

The two companies have been fighting for years over what AMD claims is Intel's intimidation of computer makers into striking exclusive deals for the chips they use in their new machines.

AMD claims the rebates and financial incentives Intel offers to those companies for buying more Intel chips are designed to prevent AMD from gaining market share — and that Intel threatens those manufacturers that it will retaliate if they introduce models based on AMD's chips.

AMD argues that Intel's volume discounts are sometimes so steep that AMD can't cut its own prices enough to compete without losing money on the sales.

Intel has repeatedly denied breaking any laws. It said Friday that the sharp drop in microprocessor prices over the past seven years shows that the "evidence that this industry is fiercely competitive and working is compelling."

Watch the roaches run for cover when the lights go on............
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i think this has already been posted in the hardware news section....
Edited by Delphi44 - 6/7/08 at 7:52am
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Fanboi much? Report the news unbiased is all that is required thank you.
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Fanboi much? Report the news unbiased is all that is required thank you.
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If you post news, post it in the news section, not here just to start a flame war.
    
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Fanboi much? Report the news unbiased is all that is required thank you.
Wow so he is biased because he has an AMD system? He just posted a damn story, get over it. no need to go insulting him.
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before the pg loaded i knew OP had a DAAMIT system.
    
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Wow so he is biased because he has an AMD system? He just posted a damn story, get over it. no need to go insulting him.
You don't see the irony in that? o.O
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Wow so he is biased because he has an AMD system? He just posted a damn story, get over it. no need to go insulting him.
News is news, opinion is another..

Tell me, with all good faith, he didn't intend for this to be a jab? I care less and what works, works. He obviously has hatred of Intel and thus got great pleasure or a laugh out of it.

Just news, opinion and proc wars are so late '90's
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News is news, opinion is another..

Tell me, with all good faith, he didn't intend for this to be a jab? I care less and what works, works. He obviously has hatred of Intel and thus got great pleasure or a laugh out of it.

Just news, opinion and proc wars are so late '90's
You are right news is news, and this most probably did belong in the news section. But that is a different matter.

It doesn't matter what his intentions are. It is the fact that his intentions were not clear, so why insult him?

you are just presuming that he intended to jab Intel users and spark a flame war. I don't even know why it bothers you, Intel have wronged and will reap the consequences.

I'm not trying to start an argument, I'm just saying that you can't go round insulting him purely off presumptions.
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