A new study issued by economic and financial consulting firm ERS Group has found that Intel has extracted monopoly profits from microprocessor sales of more than $60 billion in the period from 1996 to 2006. The study, issued by Dr. Michael A. Williams, indicates consumers and computer manufacturers could gain more than $80 billion over the next decade if the microprocessor market was fully competitive.

While consumers are expected to save an estimated $61 billion, computer manufacturers will reportedly save another $20 billion – an amount that would enable them to improve and expand their products. The ERS Group is retained by O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the outside counsel of microprocessor manufacturer AMD.

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