The European Commission has imposed a fine of €1 060 000 000 on Intel Corporation for violating EC Treaty antitrust rules on the abuse of a dominant market position (Article 82) by engaging in illegal anticompetitive practices to exclude competitors from the market for computer chips called x86 central processing units (CPUs). The Commission has also ordered Intel to cease the illegal practices immediately to the extent that they are still ongoing.
This was widely expected. However, this is a landmark case and to my best knowledge – the largest penalty for abuse of market position ever. More, the US may follow suit in persecuting Intel’s conduct.