Booting Up An Intel Suit

THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION staff may be ready as early as June 3 to recommend that the agency bring antitrust charges against Intel. According to sources familiar with the FTC probe, the staff may ask the five-member commission to charge Intel with using its dominance in microprocessors to hurt rivals. The staff is likely to present evidence that Intel withheld chip supplies and technical information from Digital Equipment and Intergraph after the two sued Intel for violating their patents. Additionally, an FTC action could charge Intel with withholding chips from computer manufacturers that also bought chips from Intel rivals.

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