US FTC Sues Intel Alleging Anticompetitive Conduct

Wednesday Dec 16th 2009 by Datamation.com Staff
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Intel Corp. on Wednesday, alleging the chip maker engaged in a decade-long campaign to stifle competition and strengthen its dominant position in the microchip market.

Wall Street Journal: The FTC alleged that Intel coerced the world's largest computer manufacturers, including Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and International Business Machines Corp., not to buy rival computer chips. The commission alleged Intel also prevented computer makers from marketing any machines with non-Intel chips.

In other allegations, the FTC said Intel secretly redesigned key software in a way that deliberately stunted the performance of competitors' chips. The commission also said Intel has attempted to smother potential competition in the market for graphics processing units, such as chips made by Nvidia Corp.

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