updated 01:50 pm EST, Fri December 18, 2009
FTC has no intentions to break up Intel
Despite its recent lawsuit against Intel on the grounds of anti-competitive practices, the Federal Trade Commission does not mean to break up the company, an agency spokesperson said in a Friday report. Director of the Bureau of Competition, Richard Feinstein says the FTC simply wants Intel to modify what it considers to be anti-competitive behavior. The lawsuit was launched as the FTC felt Intel attempts to unfairly control competition in the personal computer chip market.
"We're not seeking divestiture," Feinstein said, adding the FTC will not attempt to leverage any financial penalties on Intel.
In the lawsuit, Intel is accused of bullying computer makers that include IBM, HP and Dell into using its chips rather than rivals such as AMD and engaged in restrictive dealing to dissuade system builders to market non-Intel computers. The FTC also maintains Intel built its compiler software in a way as to hamper the performance of competing procesors and that it has tried to keep NVIDIA from offering better graphics.
Intel still insists that the FTC has failed to properly research the information regarding Intel and says the lawsuit isn't based on current laws.