The US Bankruptcy Court in New York has approved sale of Commodore International Ltd’s chipmaking plant in Norristown, Pennsylvania to a company led by a former Commodore engineer for about $5m. The plant is what survives of the old MOS Technology Inc, the firm that originated the 6502 microprocessor that powered the Apple II, Atari Corp’s early machines and the BBC Micro as well as Commodore machines. GMT Microelectronics Inc told the Philadelphia Inquirer that it plans to make a variety of chips and hopes to employ over 200 engineers and technicians at the 150,000-square-foot building within two years.
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