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Advanced Micro Devices does not accuse Cyrix Corp of incompatibility with the widely used Socket 7 mounting technology infrastructure for motherboards, chipsets and BIOS, as we incorrectly stated in CI No 3,132: it’s actually accusing Intel Corp, which due to increased voltage demands and its shift from selling single chips to modules with the Pentuim II, is abandoning Socket 7. Both AMD and Cyrix appear to be betting that support for Socket 7 will persist, despite Intel’s move, for at least the next two years. Intel claims it’s not trying to block out its competitors, but needs the change in order to continue boosting processor performance over the next few years. An AMD spokesperson said the new technology was completely unnecessary and made Intel offerings completely proprietary.

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