Microprocessor maker AMD (Advanced Micro Designs) has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corporation on Monday, accusing the chip giant of forcing customers into exclusive deals that prevent them from buying AMD chips. According to the suit, Intel bullied 38 companies in its bid to maintain dominance in the lucrative microprocessor market.

"Everywhere in the world, customers deserve freedom of choice and the benefits of innovation, and these are being stolen away in the microprocessor market," said AMD president and CEO Hector Ruiz. "People from Osaka to Frankfurt to Chicago pay the price in cash every day for Intel's monopoly abuses."

AMD alleges that Intel forced major PC makers, distributors, and retailers to stay away from AMD chips. Not coincidentally, Intel faces similar charges in Japan and Europe. In both places, antitrust investigators have uncovered behavior that's strikingly similar to AMD's accusations.