Intel Answers Antitrust Charges

Chip maker requests hearing
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 7:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – Intel has filed a response to the European Union antitrust objections, reports Ars Technica. While the contents have been kept under wraps, Intel did confirm that it is seeking a hearing before the European Commission. Intel has been under investigation since 2005 for practices including offering heavy discounts to retailers that only sell Intel chips.

The EU has also investigated Dell Computer’s European offices, looking for evidence of kickbacks. Dell did not switch to AMD’s cheaper processors when most other buyers did. Intel has lowered most of its prices in recent years and ended many of the practices that landed it in hot water with antitrust regulators around the world.