The office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said it launched a formal investigation into Intel to determine whether the world’s biggest chipmaker violated state and U.S. antitrust laws to squeeze out its main rival, Advanced Micro Devices.
Cuomo said his office on Thursday served a wide-ranging subpoena seeking documents and information on Intel. Cuomo said a preliminary probe had raised questions about whether Intel had coerced customers to exclude AMD from the worldwide market for computer processing units.
“Our investigation is focused on determining whether Intel has improperly used monopoly power to exclude competitors or stifle innovation,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will also look at whether Intel abused its power to remove competitive threats or harm competition in violation of New York and federal antitrust laws.”
Intel is facing similar investigations in Europe and Asia. Federal antitrust enforcers in Washington have so far declined to take up the matter.
An Intel spokesman said the Santa Clara, Calif., company, which has long been a target of government regulators for alleged anticompetitive practices, declined immediate comment. The company has either most often prevailed in the disputes or settled them amicably with regulators or rivals.