A Cyrix employee has hit out at the chipmaker's manufacturing partner IBM Microelectronics and accused Intel of bad practice. The criticisms were voiced in a message he intended to post privately but was sent to a public forum.
The man, an engineer at the company, wrote a long message in which he described how Cyrix gave one-year guarantees for its processor while IBM Microelectronics, which has an agreement to make the chips for Cyrix, only gave 30 days. He claimed Intel only gave a 30-day guarantee too.
He said: ?To those of you who have PC shops, this is significant in that we don?t play lawyers' games with you. Dealers have a hard time with 30 days.?
He said that, although IBM Microelectronics sold their chips less expensively than Cyrix, this was because his company included a $10 fan in its price. ?Customers prefer to buy the Cyrix part over IBM for many reasons. A few reasons for that: customers don?t want to buy parts from their competitor. Intel seem to get away with this though. Look at the ads with the 6x86. The ads are dominated by the Cyrix name.?
He continued: ?IBM does not have a stellar name in the microprocessor world. We are committed to this market whereas the 6x86...is just one of the many parts that IBM sell. They want to sell silicon in whatever form.?
He slammed Intel. ?We don?t have the brand name of Intel, nor do we have a $200 million Intel Inside campaign, which you are paying for by paying $100 more for the Intel part at a similar performance level to ours. Intel?s roadmap is insane. I have been seeing all the comments on the Pentium Pro and how great it is. Do you realise that Intel has just shot it in the head? No upgrade path. No MMX. Pentium Pro multichip module must be killing them from a yield point of view.?
He continued: ?Slower Windows 95 performance than the Pentium unless you hide the details by cranking the clock. Unless you are buying one for a server running NT, your box is a dead end. Klamath is killling it. You can throw those [old] boards out and start all over with new boards for Klamath and then a dead end Pentium Pro at the high end. Do you know a Pentium costs Intel about $40 to produce? They charge you over $300 for this.?
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