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November 6, 1995

NEC TO SAMPLE VR10000 RISC AT $5,000 IN JANUARY

By CBR Staff Writer

NEC Corp makes some dramatically cheap MIPS Technologies Inc R-series microprocessors, but the next one from the company will be the dramatically expensive VR10000 version of the R10000, which will cost a daunting $5,000 in sample quantities. NEC is planning to start making the superscalar part in volume in January and rates it at 300 SPECint and 600 SPECfp at 200 MHz on the old and discredited measure – you should be use the Spec95 marks rather than the Spec92 now, and it’s easy to tell the difference because the Spec92s take the VAX-11/780 as the unit, the Spec95s use the Sparcstation-10 as one. NEC is making the part in its current 0.35 micron four layer metal CMOS logic process, which it uses for the MIPS VR4400. It plans to make 10,000 a month.

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