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Korea Offers a Glimpse Into Intel's Serious Crimes

Intel: criminal inside



Summary: Criminal activity (or practices bordering the criminal) inside Intel are finally detailed by regulators from Korea

ON MANY OCCASIONS before we've shown how Intel became Microsoft's partner in crime, an accomplice [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. Unlike Microsoft, Intel gets a break too often, but it should not be passed over. At the bottom we append many previous posts rather than repeat lists of offences with accompanying evidence.



Intel's collusion with Microsoft is a very serious crime that harms not only GNU/Linux but also consumers in general and the latest news finding is this ruling from Korea.

Samsung was one of the firms named in the suit as having been bullied into choosing Intel CPUs over AMD's back in 2002. Apparently, Intel "continuously requested" Samsung stop buying from its competitors, and when the word "please" didn't work, Intel decided to get abusive, significantly reducing its volume of rebates to the electronics giant in the first and second quarter of 2002. Chipzilla then asked again. With a little ‘aggressive' tone on the "please" no doubt.

Come May 2002, Intel purportedly realised it needed to take things to another level, implementing a "long term support plan" offering sweeteners like maximum-level rebates on the condition, of course, Samsung spent its cash buying blue.

The AAI document reckons Intel put an $800 million rebate proposal on the table in exchange for Samsung dumping AMD CPUs. No prizes for guessing whether or not Samsung took the bait. After all, it would be bad business not to, right? To hell with the moral high-ground.


Here is a semi-formal translation of this decision.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission issued a decision late in 2008 finding Intel liable for abuse of dominance in the microchip market. This 131-page document has not been available in English. This translation by AAI Research Fellow Byung-Geon Lee presents the highlights.


In closing, to endorse Intel is to endorse crime. And this is far from promoting freedom, let alone fair competition.

Freedom aside, Intel does not even obey the law and it still gets prosecuted for this in several continents (independently).

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"Behind every great fortune there is a crime."

--Honor de Balzac

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