AMD has wasted little time in capitilising on the European Commission's Statement of Objections against arch-rival Intel and the wires are literally humming with statements and counter-statements.
In the latest missive from AMD's Sunnyvale headquarters, Thomas McCoy, AMD executive vice-president legal affairs and chief administrative officer, has joined the fray.
"Consumers know today that their welfare has been sacrificed in the illegal interest of preserving monopoly profits," McCoy says. "Intel has circled the globe with a pattern of conduct, including direct payments, in order to enforce full and partial boycotts of AMD. The EU action obviously suggests that Intel has, once again, been unable to justify its illegal conduct."
The latest statement quotes from an EC press briefing that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers."
It then reinforces how seriously the EC has taken its investigation: "The EC’s Statement of Objections is based on evidence collected in a thorough, multi-year investigation of the company’s business practices which the European Commission characterised as 'extremely rigorous'," AMD says. "Evidence seized from Intel offices and collected from PC manufacturers across Europe provided the foundation for the European Commission’s strong anti-trust case.
AMD then lists some of the specified charges:
"First, Intel has provided substantial rebates to various Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) conditional on them obtaining all or the great majority of their CPU requirements from Intel.
"Secondly, in a number of instances, Intel made payments in order to induce an OEM to either delay or cancel the launch of a product line incorporating an AMD-based CPU.
"Thirdly, in the context of bids against AMD-based products for strategic customers in the server segment of the market, Intel has offered CPUs on average below cost."
Rubbing salt into Intel's wounds, the statement goes on to list additional investigations "into Intel's abusive business practices", including actions by Japan's Fair Trade Commission, South Korea and Dell shareholders.