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July 31, 1988

CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR FIGURES INACCURATE

By CBR Staff Writer

Motorola Inc has pointed out that the Cypress Semiconductor figures comparing the 33MHz Sparc and Motorola’s 88000 RISC chip quoted recently (CI No 966) are inaccurate: the $6,885 price tag of the Motorola chip refers to the Hypermodule ECL implementation rated at 50 MIPS (compared with the 20 MIPS Cypress rating), and the standard chip is $2,100, against $2,984 for the Cypress chip: Motorola also says the die size of the chip is 6 square inches, considerably smaller than the 23 square inches that Cypress requires to fabricate its Sparc.

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