AMD has reversed its plans and decided to follow Intel's lead into Slot 1 cartridge technology. The move will help the company to introduce multiprocessing technology, with an Alpha bus licensed from Digital. But the announcement raises several potential problem areas. For example, Slot 1 will not be licensed from proprietary owner Intel, and although using a similar mechanical design, will differ on the electrical and silicon front. Also, some observers have speculated about the decision to license Digital technology now that the latter has signed a more wide ranging deal with Intel. Jerry Sanders, chief executive of AMD, said his company will produce a Slot 1 solution when it introduces the K7 chip in early 1999. An AMD representative confirmed that a Slot 1 solution is on the roadmap. "Mechanically," he said, "it is the same socket as the Slot 1 but it will use the Alpha EV-6 bus." Joe D'Elia, senior semiconductor analyst at Dataquest, commented: "If you look at what AMD is doing between now and 1999, it just addresses the desktop. That will just keep them in the game with people such as Intel." He said the K7 Slot 1 information, coupled with the licensing of the Alpha EV-6 bus, meant it was almost certain the company was moving into the SMP market. D'Elia added that differences between the chip support for Intel's Slot 1 and AMD's Slot 1 were unlikely to make it attractive to assemblers or end users. He said a more intriguing issue was that a cross licence between National Semiconductor - which now owns Cyrix - and Intel on Slot 1 could give them access to each other's technology. But that possibility was scotched by Brendan Sherry, European managing director of Cyrix, who said it was very unlikely the companies would work with each other. Richard Baker, northern European marketing director of AMD, was unable to give many details on his firm's Alpha EV-6 plans but confirmed it was a multiprocessor bus.
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