Intel’s finger burning fine from KFTC


In the ongoing battle for processor market share, Intel and AMD ever wax and wane.

A relatively successful period for AMD, a few years ago, was largely based on the speedier adoption of 64-bit computing and dual-core processing, for which Intel was largely, at first, a critical bystander.

Since then fortunes have reversed strongly, with delays to the native quad-core ‘Barcelona’ processor dogging AMD while Intel raced ahead with the Core 2 Duo, increasing revenues and mounting market share. In the background, however, for those keeping an eye on this area, there was always a subterranean issue waiting to take effect: antitrust proceedings.

These have resurfaced with full force, in Korea, in this instance. Intel has now been fined $25.4 million (26 billion Korean won) by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), over antitrust issues. Even more recently, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has now launched an official probe into the leading chip maker.

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