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This first installment in a series about silicon gone sour takes a look back at the Cyrix M1 and Intel's Itanium, as well as today's Barcelona from AMD.
In the face of relentless competition from Intel, processor upstart Cyrix dressed up the pig and created the sub-$1,000 PC market in the process.
The chip and chipset maker is out to talk up its low-cost Cyrix III to chip sellers across the United States.
Via Technologies today announced the launch of the Via Cyrix Direct Connect Reseller Program, which provides computer dealers and small manufacturers with marketing and technical support. The majority of Via's Cyrix processors come to the market through small manufacturers. The program, which also lets these companies order online, is similar to programs at other microprocessor companies.
Chipmaker Transmeta has promoted Jim Chapman and Doug Laird from senior vice presidents to executive vice presidents. Chapman, who worked at Cyrix and Intel before joining Transmeta, is in charge of sales and marketing. Laird, a Transmeta co-founder and a manager who helped oversee development of Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc I chip, is in charge of product development. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Transmeta makes chips that, when combined with special software, compete with Intel designs for portable devices that require long battery life.
Tawian-based chip designer Via Technologies has released the design specification for its homegrown Internet appliance. The tablet, designed for browsing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail, will be based on a next-generation Via Cyrix processor, Via's Twister chipset, and Microsoft's Windows operating system. The chip will likely be VIA's forthcoming integrated "Matthew" processor. The Via design also includes support for 802.11b wireless networking through a PC card slot and a 6.7-inch touch screen. A hard drive, modem, and Universal Serial Bus can also be offered with the device. Via expects device makers to adopt its specification to build easily portable tablets for accessing Internet information.
A small, struggling processor startup is aiming to release the first clone of a Pentium II-class chip in the second half of the year, amid a ravaging price war.
The National Semiconductor division will shed 170 employees and the remaining 160 workers will have to interview to retain their jobs with new owner Via.
Via will bring speed and respected technology to the Cyrix deal, which could stir up the low-cost PC market.
Taiwan's Via Technologies and Silicon Valley's National Semiconductor announce that Via will acquire National's Cyrix chip business.