Otellini hits back at EU antitrust evidence

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Otellini hits back at EU antitrust evidence

Denies wrongdoing and says evidence will prove him right.

Intel's president Paul Otellini has rubbished the evidence presented by the EU about alleged anti-competitive practices by his company.

This week the EU released documents which it says shows computer manufacturers held off from using AMD processors under pressure or following incentives from Intel. But Otellini denied categorically that this was the case.

“No, that's not the case,” he said when questioned on the issue.

“We don't do exclusive deals and when our time comes we will show that. The EU can release evidence early, something we cannot do.”

The EU says that it has letters from companies such as Dell, HP and Lenovo that show the companies were either induced to use Intel technology by volume discounts or held off on swithcing to AMD technology for fear of reprisals.

Dell said that it feared any retaliation from Intel if it switched to AMD chips “could be severe and prolonged with impact to all LOBs [Lines of Business]”.

“There is nothing new in yesterday's revelations,” Otellini said.

The EU has consistently ignored information and we have customers who are willing to state that that was wrong.”

However AMD said that the evidence was damning and proved its case that Intel was putting pressure on OEMs to only use Intel hardware.

"The EU evidence was a validation of what we've been saying for years," said Patrick Moorhead, vice presidnet of advanced marketing at AMD.

"Intel uses monopolistic power to coerce customers in the channel. Intel's now zero for three; it hasn't won a single antitrust case worldwide."

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