Cyrix will have problems delivering its clone chips before the end of September, its manufacturing partner IBM Microelectronics said yesterday. The original agreement between the two companies will expire this year and IBM still has a cross-licensing technology with Intel on chips, the source said.
Cyrix depends on IBM to make its .25 micron chips and a source said production volumes are unlikely to happen soon.
That will create problems for distributors and marketeers as IBM seeks to take over the Socket 7 technology to use in its own machines, the source said. He said that Cyrix had driven the case for third parties to use the chips but was allocated $250,000 dollars this week to take over the marketing.
That will create a problem for Cyrix if IBM Micro decides to renegotiate the deal. The source said: ?We have reduced the size of a chip to four square centimetres and it includes 15 million transistors, currently used in the Power/2 chip in RS machines. Why would we need Cyrix marketing with this technology?? he added.
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