Intel accused of breaching European anti-trust rules

The commission sent Intel a Statement of Objections yestersay, giving it 10 weeks to reply. A Statement of Objections is a formal accusation of anti-trust violations.

According to the commission, Intel abused its position in three ways: by offering rebates to PC manufacturers that buy the majority of their processors from Intel; by making payments to some manufacturers to encourage them to delay or cancel products using AMD processors, and by selling processors below cost when bidding against AMD for contracts with server manufacturers.

After Intel replies to the charges, it can request an oral hearing. If the commission remains convinced that Intel has abused its market position, it can fine the company and order it to stop the anticompetitive practices, the commission says.

AMD has already filed anti-trust complaints against Intel in Europe and other parts of the world.

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