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Intel wins a retrial over their €1.06 Billion fine from the EU commission

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Intel wins a retrial over their €1.06 Billion fine from the EU commission

Intel wins a retrial over their €1.06 Billion fine from the EU commission

 
Intel has managed to get a retrial against the EU for their anti-competition case which concluded in 2009, giving the company an opportunity to potentially lower this fine as the EU's general courts examine all of Intel's arguments. This decision was made by the EU's highest courts this morning. 
 
This ruling will lead to another year or more of litigation and has the potential to deliver a different outcome than the previous ruling. The European Court of Justice had this to say in their statement to the press
 
 

The General Court was required to examine all of Intel’s arguments … which the General Court failed to do,

 
The Court refers the case back to the General Court so that it may examine, in the light of the arguments put forward by Intel, whether the rebates at issue are capable of restricting competition.

 

In the original case, Intel was found to have been giving rebates to manufacturers like Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and NEC between 2002 and 2007 on the condition that at least 95% of their systems shipped with Intel CPUs and had "restrictive conditions" imposed on the other 5%. This prevented AMD from overcoming their rivals, preventing them from gaining any market share, despite the fact that they introduced the market's first X86 64-bit CPU back in 2003 and released the first dual core CPU in 2005. 

During this investigation, Intel was also found to have made payments to the retailer Media Markt on the condition that they only sold Intel-powered PCs. This prevented AMD from even selling their PCs at this retailer, making them unable to compete with Intel.

 

Intel are still fighting against the EU's $1.2 Billion antitrust fine

  

This court case has now taken over eight years to resolve, with this new ruling allowing Intel to go unpunished for their misdeeds for what will be a full decade. 

AMD has only recently risen as a true competitor to Intel this year with their release of their Ryzen CPU architecture, with the past decade otherwise being exceptionally unkind to the company given Intel's dominant market position and vastly superior R&D budgets.  

 

You can join the discussion on Intel's upcoming retrial over their anti-competitive practices on the OC3D Forums

 

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06-09-2017, 09:20:39

Chrazey
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Intel's dominant market position and vastly superior R&D budgets.
Ohh yeah and yet only innovate like max +15% each generation lol.

That aside, this is such a dirty move by Intel really and really being the bully here. I hate this kind of things and that they can't have a fair play, despite being business. I really like that AMD has really given them a run for their money with Ryzen, a real come back blow in the face on Intel's part.

Hopefully this will also be solved soon and that they get another kick in back for being so low to do this kind of tactics against someone who is already at the bottom. It's like kicking someone who is already on the floor.

If/when ASUS releases an AM4 ITX board, I will switch over to Ryzen. I have lost all my support for Intel.Quote

06-09-2017, 09:23:12

Firedrops
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
Ohh yeah and yet only innovate like max +15% each generation lol.
You're too kind. It's really around 5%.Quote

06-09-2017, 11:43:57

g0ggles1994
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
Ohh yeah and yet only innovate like max +15% each generation lol.

That aside, this is such a dirty move by Intel really and really being the bully here. I hate this kind of things and that they can't have a fair play, despite being business. I really like that AMD has really given them a run for their money with Ryzen, a real come back blow in the face on Intel's part.

Hopefully this will also be solved soon and that they get another kick in back for being so low to do this kind of tactics against someone who is already at the bottom. It's like kicking someone who is already on the floor.

If/when ASUS releases an AM4 ITX board, I will switch over to Ryzen. I have lost all my support for Intel.
Well said very well said. I honestly hope the ECoJ review it and increase Intel's fine or put stuff in place to not allow this to happen again like OEMs selling AMD and Intel machines at a 50/50 ratioQuote

06-09-2017, 12:45:59

Gothmoth
lawyers..... the thing closest to the devil walking the earth.Quote

07-09-2017, 18:45:32

CptRusty
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Originally Posted by Firedrops View Post
You're too kind. It's really around 5%.
It will depend on per core or multi-thread performance, but I agree saying 15 is already above average.
Still. No one has to go out and buy every single new cpu that comes out. I had a 1stGen i7 and now i have a 4thGen one so I'm hyped to get the 8thGen CPU without any issues. The thing is, if you see this as a case about equality of any kind, nothing changes. The very people asking for justice don't just want things to become fair, they want compensation to the point of turning the tables and becoming who(what) they are fighting against. I have no reason to buy AMD because none of the 3 systems from AMD i had up to the Phenom II x4 940 that was completely unstable under load (gaming on that system was a nightmare). So i moved to Intel, and have yet to complain. Playing dirty or not, intel still is the better choice for me personally.Quote
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