Intel anti-trust appeal details released

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Intel anti-trust appeal details released

The European Commission has released the details of Intel's appeal in its ongoing anti-trust case.

Intel contends in the filing (PDF) that the original decision is flawed and lacks sufficient evidence. Among Intel's arguments are claims that the European Commission failed to prove an actual attempt by Intel to drive rival AMD from the market by offering discounts to vendors.

"The Commission fails to meet the required standard of proof in its analysis of the evidence," Intel argued.

"Thus, the Commission fails to prove that Intel's rebate arrangements were conditional upon its customers purchasing all or almost all of their x86 CPU requirements from Intel."

The appeal is the latest in the anti-trust battle between Intel and AMD, which has issued complaints around the globe accusing Intel of coercing customers into abandoning AMD systems and moving exclusively to machines powered by Intel chips.

The decision from the European Union was the first high-profile judgement made against Intel in the battle. The Commission declared that the company had violated European anti-trust standards and levied a £948m penalty against the company.

Since the decision was released in May, Intel has maintained that it will appeal against the ruling. The company has repeatedly contended that EU investigators did not fully analyse the evidence, and that the Commission did not possess an accurate picture of the state of the semiconductor market.

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