Intel makes deal with Federal Trade Commission


Intel makes deal with Federal Trade Commission

Cliff Saran

Intel has reached a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission, according to a report in the Financial Times. The deal, to be announced next week, will force Intel to make changes to its marketing.

Over the last decade the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has investigated Intel for anti-competitive practices against rival processor maker AMD.

Intel has also been investigated by European regulators, although the FTC was also looking into how Intel attempted to muscle-in on the graphic chip market.

While Intel is the world's leading chipmaker, thanks to its dominance in the PC hardware industry, the x86 chips it manufactures are compatible, which means Windows and Linux PCs support both Intel and AMD chips.

While each generation of microprocessor architecture offers a step improvement in performance and energy efficiency, some experts argue that on the desktop, the buying decision is moving away from the hardware to services, which erodes the difference between Intel and rival chipsets.

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