Digital is considering licensing some of its Alpha technology to AMD, in a move that will infuriate Intel.
The technology is at the heart of the current legal dispute between Digital and Intel over caching mechanisms used in Pentium, Pentium Pro and Pentium II processors.
According to a source close to Digital, the company will make the move "in an effort to render the technology open to the industry".
But if it does license the technology in question, that is likely to draw AMD into a bitter legal dispute with Intel as well.
Both companies have a history of litigation against each other, with AMD winning some victories along the way. Neither Digital nor AMD were prepared to publicly comment on the proposal.
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