Intel Raided By European Commission

The EU's antitrust regulators launched a fresh offensive against Intel while still awaiting an official response from the company.  The newest round of raids encompasses Intel's offices in Munich as well as retailers in Germany, France and the U.K.  The raids were supposedly carried out in order to discover if Intel was using noncompetitive business practices to keep AMD down.

Asked whether he was surprised that the European Commission had raided Intel in a new probe while still pursuing it on other charges, Craig Barrett said: "You have to ask the EU why they are expanding it at this stage."

Barrett's comment might seem to indicate that this action taken by the European Commission is part of the previously complaint against Intel, to which the company has already requested a delay to formulate a proper response.  As far as we know that delay was granted, so we're curious to see what the EC has to say for itself.