Digital Equipment has reassured its chip manufacturing partner Mitsubishi that it has no intention of selling its Alpha Risc technology to Intel, as reported in the US two weeks ago.
These Japanese reports reinforce the impression that the US stories were exaggerated. Sources close to Intel told ?VNU Newswire? last week that any deal would be expected to include a large payment to Digital for licensing, but would not include the outright transfer of technology.
The source said: ?There is no doubt that Intel used fast throughput technology in its Pentium and Pentium Pro processors but I cannot see why we would want either Digital?s fabrication plants or the processor itself.?
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