by Anton Shilov
07/04/2006 | 12:40 AM
The world’s largest chipmaker Intel Corp. may face charges in
According to the European Union trust right, a dominating manufacturer – such as Intel Corp. is – may not have exclusive selling partners. But Financial Times Deutschland news-paper claims that Intel had had an exclusive selling agreement with Media-Saturn-Holding, under which the latter did not sell either processors from Advanced Micro Devices, or any devices, such as computers, which utilized AMD chips. It is claimed that Intel paid “millions” to keep the rival’s central processing units (CPUs) away from MediaMarkt and Saturn stores owned by Media-Saturn-Holding.
While the fact that AMD accused Intel of paying Media-Saturn-Holding between $15 and $20 million for selling only Intel’s chips and Intel-based computers is nothing new, as the company revealed it in its lawsuit against the bigger rival last year, the FTD claims that it had seen a letter from Media-Saturn-Holding regarding the agreement with Intel Corp.
Media Markt, which operates retail stores throughout
AMD claims that in the
Intel did not comment on the news-story.