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Intel's ten-year anti-trust case comes to an end

Chip giant Intel's ten-year battle with the US Federal Trade Commission has come to an end and details of the settlement will be published later today.

The world's largest chip maker has been embroiled in a series of damaging anti-trust investigations for a decade now after being accused of offering threats and rewards to artificially boost its own business and damage its competitors.

Both sides of the long-running spat are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the deal which could cost Intel billions of dollars and force it to radically change its business practices, both saying that the findings of the Commission would be unveiled later today in Washington.

Intel was accused of cutting smaller rivals like AMD out of the market by offering box builder's exclusive and lucrative deals to use only its chips.

Dell recently coughed up $100 million to the FTC for its part in keeping AMD down by taking backhanders to keep an Intel-only shop.

Intel has already been on the wrong end of a number of anti-trust investigations in Europe and Asia which have cost the company more than $2 billion so far.

It paid AMD $1.25 billion last November to stop its rival griping over its shenanigans.