April 8, 2004

Japan Raids Intel on Competition Concerns

Japan's Fair Trade Commission raided offices of Intel Corp. on Thursday on suspicion the world's semiconductor leader pressured personal
computer manufacturers to spurn competitors' products, a commission official said.

Fair trade authorities suspect that Intel improperly urged clients not to include central processing units--the key chips that do computers'
thinking--manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices and other companies, said Masaru Matsuo, a manager at the Fair Trade Commission.

The raid covered three Intel locations across Japan, including the company's Tokyo headquarters, and comes exactly six weeks after the commission
raided offices of Microsoft Corp. in a probe of alleged anti-competitive practices by the world's most powerful software company.

Link: eweek.com

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