Intel faces US antitrust probe

The state of New York will probe Intel to determine whether the world's biggest microchip maker has behaved anti-competitively. The company is already the subject of a European Commission case following a six-year investigation.

"Our investigation is focused on determining whether Intel has improperly used monopoly power to exclude competitors or stifle innovation,” said Cuomo. “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 said last week that it would defend itself against the European charges. The company has a right to an oral hearing before the Commission makes a ruling in the case.

The Commission won a victory last year when a court backed its 2004 ruling against Microsoft on competition offences. Its action on Intel follows an investigation which lasted six years and involved raids on Intel premises.