TheÂpiled on new antitrust charges againstÂ . on Wednesday, seeking to end what it described as a decade of illegal sales tactics that have crippled rivals and kept prices for computer chips artificially high.
The FTC’s lawsuit contains the most wide-ranging allegations yet against the world’s largest chip maker, which is also fighting a record $1.45 billion antitrust fine in Europe and separate cases in South Korea and New York state.
It comes despite Intel having recently settled similar complaints brought by rivalÂ., whose lobbying of regulators led to their charges. In its 2005 lawsuit, AMD quotes a manager from Toshiba Corp. comparing Intel’s payments for not using AMD’s chips to “cocaine” and an executive from Gateway complaining that Intel’s threats of retaliation for working with AMD beat them “into guacamole.”
If the FTC prevails, the case could have a broad impact because it concerns two key markets that are dominated by Intel, instead of just one in the other cases.