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Via buys Cyrix x86 business

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Via buys Cyrix x86 business

Via Technologies of Taiwan has signed a letter of intent to purchase National Semiconductor’s Cyrix x86 processor business.

The move is a bold one for the tiny chip set maker, pitting it squarely against microprocessor goliath Intel and rival AMD for a piece of the hard-fought CPU market.

The news comes in the wake of a lawsuit, filed last week by Intel in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., alleging that Via violated a November, 1998 chip set license agreement by misrepresenting products as licensed from Intel.

Cyrix’s core x86 business, including a team of 300 designers and marketers, along with its intellectual property, will be absorbed by Via, assuming the sale goes through. It will remain in Richardson, Texas.

The complete story is posted at www.zdnn.com.

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