Less than two years after filing an anti-trust suit against the computer giant, Cuomo on Tuesday announced the company’s involvement in a major state economic project.
The five-year investment is expected to generate and retain 6,900 jobs paying an average of $100,000 in economically distressed upstate, officials said.
Cuomo called it “a really, really big deal,” part of his effort to “create a more confident environment for doing business in New York.”
Less than two years ago, Cuomo – as attorney general – was singing a different tune. His office sued the company for trying to monopolize the computer chip industry.
At the time, he charged Intel violated state and federal anti-trust laws by trying to keep a monopoly over the market for microprocessors, the central chip in computers and servers.
The suit charged Intel with paying computer makers billions of dollars in exchange for using the company’s microprocessors instead of competing products from Advanced Micro Devices.
The suit is pending. In May, Intel filed three motions seeking to have the suit dismissed.
Spokesmen for Intel and a Cuomo spokesman said the suit and investment have nothing to do with each other.
“That was then,” Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said.
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