New Economic Study Finds Intel Extracted Monopoly Profits of $60 Billion Since 1996
Also Finds Consumers and Computer Manufacturers Could Gain Over $80 Billion from Full Competition in Microprocessor Market
Sunnyvale, Calif. --A new economic study issued today by Dr. Michael A. Williams, Director, ERS Group, found that Intel has extracted monopoly profits from microprocessor sales of more than $60 billion in the period 1996-2006. Dr. Williams’ analysis explains why pro-competitive justifications for Intel’s monopoly profits are implausible.
Williams also found that consumers and computer manufacturers could gain over $80 billion over the next decade if the microprocessor market were open to competition. The analysis noted that consumers would save at least $61 billion over the period, with computer manufacturers projected to save another $20 billion, enabling them to increase their investment in R&D; create improved products and greater product variety; and provide additional innovation benefits to computer buyers around the world.
The ERS Group is an economic and financial consulting firm retained by AMD’s outside counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Dr. Williams said, “Intel has extracted $60 billion in monopoly profits over the past decade; over the next decade consumers and computer manufacturers would save over $80 billion from a fully competitive market.”
Williams continued, “In light of the recent European Commission decision and prior Japan Fair Trade Commission actions, this analysis asks not whether Intel has engaged in anticompetitive conduct, but how much Intel has gained from the alleged conduct.”
Thomas M. McCoy, AMD executive vice president, legal affairs and chief administrative officer stated, “Intel’s monopoly profits of $60 billion directly contradict Intel’s claim that its business practices have resulted in lower prices – in fact this study shows that billions of dollars have moved straight from consumers’ pockets to Intel’s monopoly coffers.”
McCoy continued, “That $80 billion translates into an Intel monopoly tax on every consumer who purchases a computer. That’s a jaw-dropping figure that helps explain why the European Commission brought antitrust charges against Intel – the real harm that its abuse of monopoly power causes competition and consumers.”
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