FTC claims victory in battle with Intel


FTC claims victory in battle with Intel

Warwick Ashford

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says its agreement with Intel goes further than European and Asian moves to limit the chipmaker's anti-competitive practices.

The FTC has revealed some of the details of the agreement reached in July after a lengthy investigation into Intel's anti-competitive practices.

The agreement is set to end a decade of investigations around the world into Intel's abuse of its market position to beat out competitors, according to the Financial Times.

The FTC said the settlement would bring quick benefits to consumers by ending Intel's unfair, deceptive and uncompetitive conduct.

But some industry experts have questioned the FTC's ability to enforce the technical aspects of the agreement, raising doubts about its overall effectiveness.

The agreement is aimed at preventing Intel from threatening penalties or offering bribes to discourage customers from dealing with competitors.

The FTC said it had gone further than European and Asian regulators by extending the restrictions to include graphics chips and products that combine different chips.

The agreement also requires Intel to use an open industry standard to make it easier for other chipmakers to connect their own products to its chips.

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