The following is a look at Intel’s previous antitrust tangles:
1998: The FTC accuses Intel of violating federal law by withholding technical information about its processors from computer makers with whom Intel was involved in patent disputes. Intel settled that case the following year.
2005: Japan’s Fair Trade Commission finds that Intel violated antitrust rules there, a ruling Intel eventually accepts without admitting wrongdoing. AMD files antitrust lawsuit against Intel in a federal court in Delaware.
2009: European regulators fine Intel a record $1.45 billion, a fine Intel pays but is appealing. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo files a federal lawsuit against Intel. Intel warns AMD that the spinoff of its manufacturing division violates the companies’ cross-license agreement. The companies settle, with Intel agreeing to pay AMD $1.25 billion and the companies entering into a new, five-year cross-licensing deal. The FTC sues Intel, adding allegations regarding graphics-chip sales to complaints made by others over central processing units.
2010: On Aug. 4, FTC announces settlement with Intel. As part of the deal, Intel agrees not to pay computer makers for avoiding rivals’ chips or retaliate against them when they do pick competing products _ things Intel has long maintained it wasn’t doing anyway. The FTC deal goes further than previous cases in mandating that Intel needs to be friendly to its rivals in other significant ways, including modifying its intellectual-property agreements with rival chip-makers.