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Intel to close FTC agreement to terminate lawsuit for anti-competitive practices

Today the Reuters disclosed that Intel, the maker of processors used across the current line of Macs, is said to have entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to terminate an open case late last year.

The terms would not involve paying fines or anything like that, but an extension of certain practices agreed with AMD in November for the graphics chip market. The biggest beneficiaries in this decision will be NVIDIA and Apple, indirectly affected by the fact that the most modern processors from Intel prevent the use of competing integrated graphics solutions.

The deal is expected to be finalized by Friday. Its achievement could mean the end of the use of Core 2 Duo chips in MacBooks, MacBook Pro 13 ? and Macs mini, sustained until today essentially due to the fight between Intel and NVIDIA over the use of integrated graphics chipsets.

(via Electronist)