Europe's Tough Case Against Intel

EU officials may prove the chipmaker's alleged unfair practices affected rival AMD, but they may have a harder time showing they hurt consumers

It was just over two years ago, at dawn on July 12, 2005, that antitrust investigators from the European Commission and officials from at least four European countries raided the European offices of chipmaking powerhouse Intel (INTC). The officials sought evidence that Intel abused its dominant market share in microprocessors to force customers into exclusive contracts that shut out rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

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