Cyrix will undercut both AMD and Intel when it releases its clone Pentium II chips this week and is aming to cut out the middlemen with deals struck with OEMs.
Brendan Sherry, European MD of Cyrix, said today: ?We will call the M2 the 6x86MX. It?s an extension of our technology and leverages Socket 7. We are providing extreme performance and extreme value with these parts.?
The company, backed by IBM Microelectronic fabs, will introduce 166, 200 and 233MHz parts. Sherry said: ?The 166 and 200MHz units outperform AMD parts and using Intel?s benchmarks beat the Pentium II. The 233MHz chip equals Pentium II/233 performance, he claimed?.
He said: ?These units are less than 50 per cent of the equivalent Intel parts.? The prices are, in units of 1,000, $320 for the 233MHz, $240 for the 200MHz unit, and $190 for the 166MHz unit.?
The chips will be available in June through Cyrix distributors but the company is also readying a retail channel.
Sherry said: ?OEMs are already talking to us and our financial results show that the 6x86 formula is working. IBM Microelectronics will have a press conference to announce its similar products.?
His message for OEMs and dealers was based on price performance. He said: ?This chip is 25 per cent cheaper than AMD?s and 50 per cent cheaper than Intel?s.?
That, he confirmed, would make it attractive to system builders and dealers who could make extra margin because of the introduction.
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