Intel is no stranger to antitrust problems, the company just got nailed with a $25 million fine in Korea
, Europe's been breathing down its neck
for years, and AMD has been trying to drum up antitrust accusations against Intel since time immemorial
, but the FTC just embarked upon what could be Intel's biggest headache yet. The Federal Trade Commission has opened up a formal antitrust investigation of Intel, and has subpoenaed Intel, AMD and other smaller competitors for dirt on the company. Intel is being accused of using pricing policies designed to maintain a near-monopoly on the market, and while the company has been protected from a formal FTC inquiry by former head Deborah Majoras, the new chairman William Kovacic seems to see things a bit differently. A less formal review of the company has been ongoing since 2006.