SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Intel Corp. have
filed a joint motion to ''suspend administrative trial proceedings.''
The parties will now consider a potential settlement of the case originally
filed by the FTC on Dec. 16, 2009. ''The motion opens a window through July 22,
2010, during which time the parties will review and discuss a proposed consent
order,'' according to Intel. ''The terms of the proposed consent order are
confidential and Intel will make no additional public comment on the matter at
As reported last year, the FTC sued Intel, charging that the chip maker has
for a decade illegally used its dominant market position to stifle competition
and strengthen its monopoly.
The FTC also alleged that Intel may have redesigned its software to degrade
the performance of rival chips. The FTC complaint alleges that Intel has
deprived consumers of choice and innovation in microprocessors through a
systematic campaign to shut out competing chips--such as those from rival AMD.