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Intel faces a $400 million fine in Europe

The European Commission has imposed a €376.36 million ($400 million) fine on Intel in an antitrust case related to its actions between 2002 and 2006.

The company was found guilty of blocking the sales of devices powered by its competitors’ x86 CPUs.

In 2009, Intel was fined €1.06 billion ($1.13 billion) by the Commission, but that fine was overturned last year.

However, the court confirmed that Intel had illegally excluded rival AMD from the market and engaged in anti-competitive practices, leading to the re-imposition of the fine for its “naked restrictions” on competition.

The fine does not relate to Intel’s conditional rebates practice and reflects the narrower scope of the infringement compared to the 2009 decision.

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