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Otellini defends Intel before EC court

Posted: 14 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:microprocessor? Paul Otellini? Intel anti-trust case?

Paul Otellini, Intel Corp. president and CEO, has met with members of the European Commission Mar. 11 in Brussels, Belgium, as the company continued to fight allegations of anti-trust practices brought by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Otellini reportedly presented Intel's defense to a "statement of objections" issued against the microprocessor supplier by the EC.

The meeting was confidential, according to an Intel spokesperson who declined to provide additional information on Otellini's long-scheduled discussions with the EC members. He repeated the company's "position that the microprocessor market is competitive and continues to behave in a competitive manner."

"Intel believes its business practices are lawful," the spokesman said.

The proceedings continued Mar. 12, although Otellini had left after his presentation the day before.

'Public reckoning'
The EC has alleged that Intel offered substantial rebates to its microprocessor OEM customers on the condition that they shut out products from rival AMD.

AMD, which brought the issue before the EC, has also filed similar complaints against Intel in North America, Japan and South Korea.

"This EC hearing brings Intel one big step closer to its day of public reckoning with the truth: That it has plotted systematically, curbing competition and the pace of innovation, and harming consumers everywhere," said a spokesperson for AMD.

In addition to the Intel team, other interested industry players and business organizations attended the meeting, according to sources at the EC.

The AMD spokesperson said Intel's main rival in the microprocessor market and the main objector to the company's alleged antitrust practices attended Tuesday's session.

Also in attendance were executives or representatives from Hewlett-Packard Co. and officials from BEUC, the European Consumers' Organization, which issued a statement to coincide with Otellini's presentation.

"We want to ensure that the consumer interests are fully taken into account in competition policy in general and in its enforcement in the computer sector in particular," said Monique Goyens, director general of BEUC in the statement.

- Bolaji Ojo
EE Times

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