Dirty laundry aired in Intel/EU anti-trust fight

Dirty laundry aired in Intel/EU anti-trust fight

Summary: EU antitrust regulators released some potentially damning emails to help justify their $1.4bn fine of Intel...


Intel's bid to overturn a massive $1.45 billion fine from the EU has resulted in the exposure of potentially damning emails as European anti-trust regulators seek to justify their position.

The emails show PC executives at Dell, and Hewlett-Packard concerned about reprisals from Intel if they were to use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices.

Intel operates a large fund used to help pay for marketing costs for PC firms that use its chips. Because profit margins in PC sales are so razor thin, the Intel money is important to many companies. Some of the released emails appear to show concern that Intel might cut those funds if AMD based PCs are sold.

Some of the emails:

... a Dell executive wrote: "Boss, here's an outline of the framework we discussed with Intel. (…) Intel is ready to send [Intel Senior executive] /[Intel executive] /[Intel executive] to meet with [Dell Senior Executive]/[Dell Senior Executive]/[Dell Executive] . (...) Background: [Intel Senior executive] /[Intel Senior executive] are prepared for [all-out war] 1 if Dell joins the AMD exodus. We get ZERO MCP [name of Intel rebate to Dell] for at least one quarter while Intel 'investigates the details' (...) We'll also have to bite and scratch to even hold 50 percent, including a commitment to NOT ship in Corporate. If we go in Opti [Dell product series for corporate customers], they cut it to <20 percent and use the added MCP to compete against us. "

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Intel says that the emails are not representative of its policies.

Intel is "convinced that the commission's conclusions regarding our business practices are wrong, both factually and legally," company spokesman Robert Manetta said. "The commission relied heavily on speculation found in emails from lower level employees that didn't participate in the negotiation of the relevant agreements," he added.

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Intel and AMD will be contesting a civil anti-trust suit in the US next year.

Topics: Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Intel, Security

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  • More European blackmail....

    In bad economic times, the EU simply levies a "fine" against some US company. Note that the companies who were allegedly affected are US companies.

    Too bad there isn't some EU company that actually makes some money in the US. We could just fine them as well.
    • Whatever...

      I'm happy to see these scumbags getting sued. They operate with shady business practices and have been trying to kill AMD for years so they can have all the processor market. I have never and will never buy Intel because of crap like this!
  • RE: Dirty laundry aired in Intel/EU anti-trust fight

    Truth is truth and I'm always happy with truth!
  • Intel Inside

    The penalty for this anti-trust violation should be for all intel executives to be forced to watch the Blue Man Group for 30 days non-stop.
    • You don't like Blue Man Group?

  • About time ....

    For many years AMD's CPU line were more innovative than Intels's CPU line.

    When Intel cannot adequately optimise their CPU technology they optimise their "business tactics". Rumours were present years before the court ruling that Intel had "special" relationships with their clients (to the detriment of AMD). To me, the court ruling was no surprise.

    On top of that, Intel's assets are about 10 times bigger than AMD's and Intel have extensive chip fabrication facilities, but still Intel needed to embrace shady business practices in order to wipe out the AMD "underdog".

    A "too strong" Intel has been bad for the market since creativiy/innovation has sufferred. If AMD were allowed to be stronger (as was their right) then Intel would have been forced to be more innovative and so the consumer would have benefited; e.g. It was AMD that pushed 64-bit computing, multi-core, direct-connected (hypertransport) architecture, good thermal envelopes, etc. for the "masses" while Intel was fantasizing about breaking the 4 GHz CPU barrier and not considering these technologies. Now we know what technologies are relevant and can respect AMD's forethought back in 1999.

    Cade Foster
  • The emails are third hand, not from Intel

    I see nothing in them that means a lot, apparently it is one oerson's intepretation of what Intel may or may not hav said.