The world’s largest micro-chip maker Intel has been accused of trying to use its huge market share to push smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices out of the business of making processors that run computers.
The European Commission has launched its latest competition case against a technology giant. Commission spokesman Ton Van Lierop said: “The Commissioner has been looking extremely rigorously, in trying to ascertain the likely effects of Intel’s behaviour on an efficient competitor and we think that would be very bad for competition and bad for consumers who would be buying computers.”
Both Intel and AMD are US companies. Intel has 82.2% of the market in microprocessors for personal computers. AMD has 16.6% and others manufacturers just 1.2%. The European Commission says Intel gave rebates to computer makers who bought mostly or exclusively Intel products, sold chips below cost and paid others to delay or cancel products containing AMD technology.
Intel denies that and says its conduct has been “lawful, pro-competitive, and beneficial to consumers.” It now has 10 weeks to respond to the charges.