Not much has been made public so far.
It transpires that the Commission reproaches Intel, apart from being a very successful company for a poll indicating that the fine is unfair, see here), for doing two sorts of things:
- giving its customers illegal loyalty rebates, and
- by paying computer manufacturers and retailers to restrict the commercialisation of competitors' products, which means in practice AMD's products. (For AMD's take on the decision, see here).
It is a pity that the Commission does not think fit to give the reading public more information or even release a version of the decision. Nevertheless, a careful reading of the memo seems to indicate that because the fine represents only 4.15 % of Intel's turnover in 2008 - well below the cap of 10% of annual turnover set in Regulation 1/2003 - it could have been higher still.
Intel has denied breaking the law and announced its intention to seek judicial review.