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FTC antitrust settlement with Intel
Category : General 05 Aug 2010 03:39 AM | Industry News
Intel and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a settlement on the antitrust lawsuit the FTC brought against the chip-manufacturing giant, alleging anticompetitive practices.
Intel is also required to modify its IP licensing deals with AMD, Nvidia, and VIA, such that those companies can collaborate on projects, or potentially merge, without fear of legal reprisal from Intel.
* The company is bared from paying customers not to buy chips from rivals.
* The deal bars Intel from designing chips specifically to make them incompatible with rival chips.
* Intel agreed not to retaliate against PC makers than buy chips from other companies.
* without losing their rights to make Intel-compatible parts.
* For six years, Intel is barred from engineering its parts to limit the performance of graphics chips made by other companies.
Under the settlement, Intel agreed to refrain from a host of business practices to settle accusations of anti- competitive behaviour in the market for computer processing and graphics chips.
Capping several settlements by Intel, the agreement resolves regulators' complaints that the company thwarted the efforts of Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia and other competitors.
The settlement prohibits Intel from paying customers to buy its computer chips exclusively or paying them to reject chips from other manufacturers. It also prohibits Intel from redesigning its chips purely to harm a competitor.
The company accepted all the terms of the settlement without admitting that it had committed any anti-competitive acts.