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Parliamentary questions
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16 May 2013
Question for written answer E-005451-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Amelia Andersdotter (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Clarification with regard to UEFI and ARM
 Answer in writing 

In its answer to Written Question E-003006/2013, the Commission refers to Microsoft’s position on the mobile telephony market. However, the original question concerned processors with the ARM architecture, which do not necessary need to be used in mobile telephones but could also be used in other devices. The question in terms of competition law that the Commission ought to consider is not necessarily Microsoft’s influence on end-user electronics in relation to final consumers, but rather Microsoft’s influence on upstream markets. In this case, it concerns which chipset and architecture are available for manufacturers or assemblers of personal computers to choose between when designing their products in a way that ensures end-user choice.

What tools does the Commission have for analysing the state of competition on the chip market and its influence over what products and functionalities are available to final consumers on the market? What is its view of the situation that Microsoft’s unequal treatment of the x86 and ARM architectures in respect of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot system risks preventing the development of personal computers with ARM processors?

Original language of question: SVOJ C 40 E, 11/02/2014
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