今日(米国時間5/13)、EUの欧州委員会はIntelに対し、この種のものとして新記録となる€1.06B(10億6千万ユーロ)($1.45B)の罰金を課したことを発表した。理由は、コンピュータ・チップ市場において最大(かつ、はっきり言って唯一)の競争相手であるAMD )を排除しようと優越的地位を乱用したというもの。IntelはAcer、Dell、HP、Lenovo、NECなどのコンピュータ・メーカーと販売業者に対し、AMDチップを利用した製品の販売を延期し、キャンセルし、あるいは今後いっさい使用しないよう金を払って圧力をかけたという。



欧州委員会は、問題となっているチップ(x86 CPU)の世界市場は年間€22B(220億ドル)、そのうちヨーロッパの分が30%(€6.6B)に上ると推計している。Intelは現在、ヨーロッパ市場の80%を占めている。


アップデート: Intel Corporationの社長、CEOのPaul Otelliniは以下のコメントを発表し、この決定を争う姿勢を明確にした。〔以下英文〕

“Intel takes strong exception to this decision. We believe the decision is wrong and ignores the reality of a highly competitive microprocessor marketplace – characterized by constant innovation, improved product performance and lower prices. There has been absolutely zero harm to consumers. Intel will appeal.”

“We do not believe our practices violated European law. The natural result of a competitive market with only two major suppliers is that when one company wins sales, the other does not. The Directorate General for Competition of the Commission ignored or refused to obtain significant evidence that contradicts the assertions in this decision. We believe this evidence shows that when companies perform well the market rewards them, when they don’t perform the market acts accordingly.”

“Intel never sells products below cost. We have however, consistently invested in innovation, in manufacturing and in developing leadership technology. The result is that we can discount our products to compete in a highly competitive marketplace, passing along to consumers everywhere the efficiencies of being the world’s leading volume manufacturer of microprocessors.”

“Despite our strongly held views, as we go through the appeals process we plan to work with the Commission to ensure we’re in compliance with their decision. Finally, there should be no doubt whatsoever that Intel will continue to invest in the products and technologies that provide Europe and the rest of the world the industry’s best performing processors at lower prices.”

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(翻訳:Namekawa, U)