Intel would not confirm that is is having talks over buying a stake in Korean chip giant Samsung.
Nor would the company comment on other reports that it is trying to buy Motorola's chip operations plus Mitsubishi's US based factories.
A representative said: "We couldn't possibly comment on whether or not we are talking to any of these companies. You'd have to talk to Motorola about whether it is or is not selling its chip division."
Intel and Samsung have an existing arrangement based on a joint venture in Austin, Texas. But the situation is complicated by the US Federal Trade Commission's ongoing probe into Intel's chip deal last autumn with Digital Equipment. Samsung also has a chip making deal with Digital, expanded last week.
Samsung is said to be seeking an equity investor willing to put in $1 billion, making Intel, on paper at least, a logical choice.
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