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AMD EYES DEAL ON 80386-COMPATIBLE TEXAS CHIP SET…

As if the VM8600S were not enough for Intel Corp to worry about, its former second source partner and now sworn enemy, Advanced Micro Devices Corp is reportedly looking at a second source agreement on an chip set developed at Texas Instruments Inc that is said to be 80386-compatible. According to Newsbytes, the Texas set, likely called the 380, offers 80386 emulation, and is not a copy of the Intel part but a true emulation running at the same speeds. Intel and AMD fell out after Intel refused to pass masks for the 80386 to AMD and instead said it had not kept to their second-source agreement. The Texas chip would enable AMD to offer its own 80386 without risking further lawsuits. AMD is expected to price it 20% below the 80386 and products could be out by year-end.

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