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April 18, 1994

INTEL MAY GO TO THE COURTS OVER IBM / CYRIX DEAL

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel Corp says it has not ruled out taking IBM Corp to court over its plans to fabricate Cyrix Corp microprocessors and market them under its own name – Intel believes Cyrix does not have the right to manufacture chips at IBM’s facilities the its cross-licensing agreement with IBM, which does not allow for third-party manufacturing, but IBM said its lawyers thoroughly studied the issue and satisfied themselves that it will not have any bearing on the IBM-Cyrix agreement: a federal judge in Texas is expected to rule this summer on whether a company with an Intel patent cross-licence – such as IBM or SGS Thomson Microelectronics BV (see front) – can also make unauthorised Intel-like chips for Cyrix; IBM also has been in discussions to make the Pentium-like chip designed by NexGen Microsystems Inc, and says those talks are continuing; under IBM’s deal with Cyrix, it can derive standard cells from the parts – such as the iAPX-86 core that will go into the PowerPC 615.

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