Intel has found itself in hot water more than once with the FTC over alleged anticompetitive practices. The FTC announced yesterday that it has filed suit against Intel charging that the chipmaker has illegally used its dominant market position to stifle competition for a decade.
The FTC alleges that Intel has operated a systematic campaign to shut rivals out of the market by cutting off their access. The FCC complaint alleges that Intel’s practices have harmed competitive products that might affect its monopoly in the computer industry.
According to the FCC Intel has used anticompetitive campaigns involving threats and rewards aimed at the largest computer makers in the world including Dell, HP, and IBM to get the firms to not use chips from competitors. The FCC also alleges that Intel has started using the same tactics in the GPU market to catch up to rivals like NVIDIA.