The European Commission fined Intel at 1.06 billion euros

    imageThe European Commission fined 1,060 billion euros of the largest manufacturer of computer processors Intel for violating antitrust laws of the EU, said European Commissioner for Competition Neely Kroes.

    The reason for the fine was a violation of Intel antitrust laws during the competition with AMD, the main competitor to the corporation, which in recent years has occupied a significant share of the global microprocessor market, supplanting Intel.

    The investigation began back in 2000, when Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) filed a complaint with the European Commission. The statement said that Intel paid computer manufacturers Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC to stop using AMD microchips in Europe. Intel also offered constant discounts to companies that used its components, including Media Saturn Holding (a retailer for MediaMarkt), which sold only Intel-based computers from 2002 to 2007. Even employees of the largest AMD factory in Europe (Germany, Dresden) could not buy an AMD computer in stores in their city.

    It is worth noting that this is a record fine in the field of antitrust after the Microsoft accusation in 2004, which had to pay 497 million euros for abuse of its leadership in the computer technology market.

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