Today, we are talking about the famous dispute that has pitted Intel and AMD against each other since 2009. In short, it was in 2009 when the European Commission, the highest antitrust authority in the European Union, denounced that during the months of October 2002 and October 2007, Intel tried to exclude AMD from the x86 processor marketits main competitor, through the grant discounts in exchange for exclusivity to four manufacturers: Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC.
It was also reported that Intel had made payments for a similar purpose to German retail chain Media-Saturn, with the condition being that the distributor will only market PCs using only Intel processors. This move made it very difficult for other manufacturers to compete for market share, greatly reducing the choices available to consumers.
At the end of January this year, it was announced that the General Court of the European Union (CJEU) annulled the fine of 1,060 million euros that Brussels imposed in 2009 at Intelclaiming that “the Commission’s analysis is incomplete and does not provide sufficient legal evidence that the conditional rebates granted by Intel could or could have anti-competitive effects“, and that is why the General Court partially annulled the Commission’s decision which imposed this heavy fine on Intel.
Now it is this same Commission that indicated this weekend that it will continue the trial, and for this an appeal has been filed, so we just have to wait and see if this story finally ends and who victorious fate.
via: The Registry