The 6x86MX chip is not an integral part of IBM's strategy, it emerged today. The processor, which is designed by Cyrix but manufactured at IBM Microelectronics fabrication plants, is unlikely to displace Intel, senior executives said.
Bill La Rosa, head of sales and marketing for the European unit of the company, said that the x.86 based product was a "standard product" in its range of offered to third party OEMs and assemblers. Although the company had enough fabrication plants throughout the world to easily compete with Inel, he said it was unlikely that it would directly attack Intel.
He said: "We probably won't be the next Intel in the foreseeable future." Although Cyrix and IBM were partners on developing the CPU, formerly codenamed the M2, IBM was its competitor when it came to selling the units, he said.
Last year, officials at Cyrix had complained that IBM was undercutting them in the European market, even though the chips, apart from the branding, are identical.
But, IBM said, while it wasn't its practice to undercut its partner, when both companies were out on the street, they were not partners.
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