Cyrix has accused Intel of turning its back on the Pentium with MMX technology and its socket 7 architecture, abandoning customers just six months after the product's launch.
Brendan Sherry, Cyrix's European general manager, was responding to remarks made by Intel about socket 7.
Last week an Intel spokesman said: "Socket 7 will not be able to deal with many of the applications you will see released next year."
In May, Steve Poole, Intel's European director of operations, told PC Week that the socket 7 architecture "just doesn't have the bandwidth" to deal with "many" forthcoming graphical applications.
Sherry accused Intel of abandoning the fledgling Pentium with MMX processor so it can put all its weight behind Pentium II and slot 1.
"They (Intel) have only just launched the Pentium with MMX and they're already writing off the socket 7 design," he said. "I haven't seen anything, technically, that slot 1 can do, that socket 7 can't."
Intel denied abandoning Pentium with MMX technology, and said its strategy was to offer customers a choice, adding: "A good solution is a Pentium chip, a better solution is Pentium with MMX and the best solution is Pentium II with slot 1."
Whether Cyrix likes it or not, having super-fast chips that can outperform Intel's, are only worthwhile when they use the latest technology. Socket 7 has been around for a some time and, although, it could probably be tweaked further, it's a fact of life that slot 1 will take over eventually.
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