At a Q&A shortly after the his IDF keynote in San Francisco this morning, Intel CEO Paul Otellini was in bullish mood when asked whether Intel had ever engaged in special deals with third parties to keep out the competition, or ‘imitators’ as Intel likes to refer to them.
The EU, as we reported yesterday, has just published documents and emails which suggest that Intel had entered into arrangements to limit the number of AMD processors that its customers could buy.
Otellini categorically denied that Intel had ever engaged in special deals with its customers. He said that when Intel was given the chance to present its side of the story, it would prove its innocence and that there was no case to answer.
But don’t hold your breath – it could be two years before the appeal process is completed.