Early today a reliable source reported that IBM is to buy the Cyrix division of National Semiconductor.
IBM formerly manufactured processors for Cyrix as part of a fabbing deal set up before National Semiconductor bought the chip company.
Under that deal, IBM was allowed to take half of the wafers produced at its fabs and re-market them as the IBM 6x86 brand.
If the rumours are true, it would mean that IBM could, once more, become a real player in the x86 industry. Such a deal would change the fundamental balance of power in the processor market.
No confirmation from either company was available.
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