Originally created 07/11/98

Antitrust case against Intel slated for January



WASHINGTON -- An antitrust case against computer chip giant Intel Corp. will go to trial Jan. 5, an administrative judge ruled Friday.

Intel, which controls about 90 percent of the world market for personal computer chips, was accused last month in a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission of using its size to freeze out competitors and abuse companies that rely on its help to develop new products.

FTC attorneys initially proposed a Dec. 7 trial date but Intel pushed for a Feb. 18 date, arguing it needed the time because of the complex nature of the case.

Company spokesman Chuck Mulloy said the FTC had not clearly defined the microprocessor market Intel is accused of monopolizing. Intel said that a broad interpretation could force it to seek a huge amount of information from Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. (now owned by Compaq), Intergraph Corp. and scores of related companies.