Intel is accused of abusing its monopoly power in a bid to shut rival Advanced Micro Devices out of the CPU market, allegations laid out in a and a released last year and earlier this year, respectively.
According to those documents, Intel allegedly sold chips below cost and paid rebates to a computer maker and a chain of retail stores, which have not been named officially, in exchange for a commitment to only sell the company's processors and not rival products. The chip maker also allegedly paid the computer maker to delay the launch of products based on AMD chips.
In previous public statements, Intel has professed its innocence and said it expects to be cleared of the charges. Now, the chip maker is taking aim at the European Commission itself and its handling of the antitrust investigation.
In the action filed on Oct. 10, Intel claimed the EC failed to obtain "documentary evidence" from the complainant in the case, an apparent reference to AMD, and rejected Intel's assertion that it cannot respond to the antitrust charges without these documents, the journal . Intel declared that decision was "manifestly illegal."
The chip maker did not detail what documents it wants to see, or how it expects them to bolster its claims of innocence.