Intel loses court challenge against $1.4 billion EU fine

#1 Posted by Jeager_Titan (924 posts) -

Yesterday Intel has been forced to pay a record $1.4 billion fine for unfair sales tactics against AMD.

Judges at the Luxembourg-based General Court said, “The Commission demonstrated to the requisite legal standard that Intel attempted to conceal the anti-competitive nature of its practices and implemented a long term comprehensive strategy to foreclose AMD from the most important sales channels.”

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#2 Edited by Hexagon_777 (20018 posts) -

Not cool, Intel.

#3 Edited by kraken2109 (12948 posts) -

Hopefully this will help AMD make some better performing CPUs.

#4 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20018 posts) -

Hopefully this will help AMD make some better performing CPUs.

On that note, why does Intel need to utilise anticompetitive practices if its CPUs are miles ahead of AMD's CPUs?

#5 Posted by 04dcarraher (18933 posts) -

omg they just now ruled? it started in 2009

#6 Posted by kraken2109 (12948 posts) -

@kraken2109 said:

Hopefully this will help AMD make some better performing CPUs.

On that note, why does Intel need to utilise anticompetitive practices if its CPUs are miles ahead of AMD's CPUs?

Because that's how the gap happened...

#7 Edited by 04dcarraher (18933 posts) -

omg they just now ruled? it started in 2009

@Hexagon_777 said:
@kraken2109 said:

Hopefully this will help AMD make some better performing CPUs.

On that note, why does Intel need to utilise anticompetitive practices if its CPUs are miles ahead of AMD's CPUs?

This fining started in 2008 this one was the big one from 2009 , Korea fined Intel 26 million in 2008, and few others, EU was the biggest

Back around 05 Intel bought up all kinds of new cpu base patents preventing anyone using new tech for cpu's. They also started going to OEM companies and big companies like HP Dell etc giving them major bulk discounts by going with intel products over AMD products. At that time frame AMD was kicking intel's butt on the cpu performance market with their Athlon 64's and Athlon 64 X2's when intel was still on the Pentium 4. Intel used those shady practices to get the upper hand and tried to cut off AMD. Which it did work, it prevented AMD from designing brand new architecture from the ground up until 2010/2011. Between the shady practices, intel's massive bank account drove AMD into a corner.

#8 Posted by xhawk27 (7074 posts) -

Sounds like Europe is butthurt that Intel has superior CPUs so they fine they and make up some BS excuse. America should do that against European products.

#9 Posted by Postmortem123 (7566 posts) -

@xhawk27 said:

Sounds like Europe is butthurt that Intel has superior CPUs so they fine they and make up some BS excuse. America should do that against European products.

What?

#10 Posted by Cwagmire21 (5886 posts) -

I work in the healthcare industry and lots of manufacturers give hospitals and distributors rebates for buying their products. This is built on the notion that the more you buy of company A that means you are not buying company B. Either the healthcare industry is in the potential same issue or I just don't see how this ruling happened to Intel.

#11 Edited by jer_1 (7393 posts) -

Glad to hear this. Fuck intels greed, so many corps on this planet need a damn good trimming, where the hell are the gang-busters these days?

I'd much rather have an extremely competitive AMD with strong chipsets. It helps us all greatly in the long-run.

#12 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20018 posts) -

@xhawk27 said:

Sounds like Europe is butthurt that Intel has superior CPUs so they fine they and make up some BS excuse. America should do that against European products.

What?

He sounds like a complete moron, I suggest you move on and ignore this punk.

#14 Edited by Toxic-Seahorse (4076 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

omg they just now ruled? it started in 2009

These large legal cases take forever. Also, the EU isn't really known for efficiency.

#15 Posted by Horgen (109953 posts) -

Too little, too late?

#16 Posted by PfizersaurusRex (643 posts) -

@horgen said:

Too little, too late?

Exactly, it shows that if you're big enough you can play dirty and get away with it. Because EU politicians (and all other politicians) don't have the balls to stand up against big capital when it starts to harm the public interest.

#17 Posted by Barbariser (6698 posts) -

I work in the healthcare industry and lots of manufacturers give hospitals and distributors rebates for buying their products. This is built on the notion that the more you buy of company A that means you are not buying company B. Either the healthcare industry is in the potential same issue or I just don't see how this ruling happened to Intel.

IIRC pharmaceuticals aren't supplied by an oligopoly (small number of massive firms), as is the case with computer hardware (two massive firms), and so anti-competitive tactics aren't as likely to create a monopoly, which is what most legal systems are really trying to avoid. If drug manufacturers ever got to the point where less than four or five companies dominated 90% of the market, it's extremely likely that these anti-competitive tactics would get the perpetrator punished as well.

@xhawk27 said:

Sounds like Europe is butthurt that Intel has superior CPUs so they fine they and make up some BS excuse. America should do that against European products.

AMD is an American company you ignoramus.