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 user 2005-07-15 at 10:49:00 am Views: 62
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    EU officials raid Intel, others
    Part of antitrust investigation
    JULY,2005 -BRUSSELS–U.S. chip maker Intel Corp., computer makers and distributors were raided by European Commission and local officials today as part of an investigation into possible antitrust violations, an EU spokesman said.

    “[EU competition] officials, accompanied by officials from national competition authorities, are conducting inspections of several premises of Intel Corp. in Europe as well as a number of IT firms manufacturing or selling computers,” spokesman Jonathan Todd said. “The investigations are being carried out within the framework of an ongoing competition case.”

    A spokeswoman for Intel’s European operations had no immediate comment.

    In March, the commission said it was investigating Intel in cooperation with Japanese authorities, who had warned Intel about unfair business practices that they said were stifling competition in the Japanese chip market .

    Last month, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed two lawsuits against Intel in Japan, seeking $55 million in damages from the world’s largest chip maker for alleged violations of the country’s antitrust laws.

    The suits, filed at two courts in Tokyo, are the latest shots in a two-decade battle between Intel and AMD.

    AMD has also filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Delaware, saying Intel, among other things, coerced 38 companies, including Dell Inc. and Sony Corp., into making exclusive deals in return for cash payments, discriminatory pricing or marketing subsidies . Intel controls 90% of the revenue generated by microprocessor sales.

    In March, Japan’s Fair Trade Commission found that Intel had violated antitrust laws by offering rebates to five PC makers that agreed either not to buy or to limit their purchases of chips made by AMD or other rivals.

    The five computer makers are Hitachi Ltd., Sony, NEC Corp., Fujitsu Ltd. and Toshiba Corp.