Intel and Microsoft are expected to team up in spring to introduce a joint specification for their own version of the Net PC, according to US sources.
Companies that have already expressed interest in the spec include hardware giants Compaq, Gateway, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, but with a monitor and the other extras that complete the specification, the machines are unlikely to cost much less than an entry level PC.
Intel is briefing US sources that the design it will produce will cover a range of processors from entry level Pentiums to Klamath-based machines.
But although machines using the joint Intel-MS spec may appear as early as this summer, any machines are likely to face competition from the Cyrix GX chip. This includes graphics and some multimedia facilities on the chip itself but is likely to cost far less than any chip Intel can produce.
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