...says AMD study

“Intel monopoly has boosted profits by $60 billion”

A study by ERS Group, an economic and financial consulting firm retained by AMD’s outside counsel O’Melveny & Myers, ha concluded that Intels alleged monopoly allowed it to boost its profits by $60 billion dollars in the ten years between 1996 and 2006.

"Over the next decade consumers and computer manufacturers would save over $80 billion from a fully competitive market,” claimed Dr. Michael A. Williams, an ERS director.

There is a fair bit of mathematical jiggery pokery in the summary of the report, but in essence it seems to be saying that there’s no way Intel could have done so well in a fully competitive environment.

While this is an interesting admission for Intel’s main competitor to make, it’s sure to add fuel to the European Commission investigation into whether Intel has abused its market position.

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