Editorial: Microchips and Monopolies – Intel and anti-trust complaints

Following a 16-month-long formal investigation, and years of dithering during the Bush administration, the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly within weeks of filing an antitrust complaint against Intel for abusing its dominant position in the microchip market to shut out a smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices.The rest of the world has not waited. Since 2005, antitrust authorities from Japan, South Korea and Europe have taken action against Intel for anticompetitive behavior. In May, the European Commission fined the company nearly $1.5 billion for offering illegal rebates to computer makers that bought all or nearly all their chips from Intel, and delayed or canceled the introduction of products with A.M.D. chips.

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