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Monday, 11 September 2006 13:19
EU takes over German antitrust inquiry into Intel
By Dawn Kawamoto
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: September 11, 2006, 11:05 AM PDT
 
European Commission regulators have taken over a German antitrust investigation into allegations that Intel put pressure on a major electronics retailer to forgo using processors from competitor Advanced Micro Devices.

Germany's antitrust agency, Bundeskartellamt, received a complaint from AMD alleging that Intel had abused its dominant market position by putting pressure on major electronics retailer Media Markt to not sell AMD's chips. Because the Commission found similarities with its existing probe into Intel, it took over the German investigation in late August, Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said.

"We have liaised with the Bundeskartellamt...and come to a common understanding that it would make more sense if these charges could be dealt with by the European Commission," Todd said. "Bearing in mind that (the suspected actions) seem to belong to a set of practices that is already under scrutiny by the Commission...a range of tactics used by Intel to limit the market share of AMD."

Intel will cooperate with the EU investigation, as it has done over the past five years, said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy, who added that the company believes its actions are "fair and lawful."

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