Intel's processor rivals in Taiwan gave a sneak preview Monday of
their future products for the exploding, low-cost PC market.
Cyrix briefly discussed its next-generation, MediaGX
microprocessor, dubbed the MXi, which will be announced in the fourth
quarter. Designed for sub-$1,000 PCs, the MXi will be bundled
with 3-D or multimedia extensions, according to Bruce Date, Cyrix'
director of engineering, at a seminar hosted by chip-set supplier Via
Technologies in Taipei Monday.
Date declined to elaborate on the details of the MXi, but Cyrix and Intel's
other processor rivals gave a wider glimpse of their future chips that will
support and extend the life of the Socket 7 architecture.
Cyrix, for example, said it plans to roll out a 300-MHz version of its 6x86MX
processor line that supports the emerging, 100-MHz bus in the second
The chip, reportedly called the 6x86MX-PR300GP, is said to be the
company's first processor to be manufactured in a 0.25-micron process
Designed for PCs that sell for $1,500 and below, the 6x86MX-PR300GP
will be first made in IBM's foundry, Date said. Cyrix' new
owner -- National Semiconductor of Santa Clara, Calif. -- will also
build the part this year. Meanwhile, Cyrix' other foundry partner is Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., in Hsinchu.
Like Cyrix, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) also outlined its upcoming K6
processor line that will extend the life of the Socket 7 architecture.
However, Intel said it hopes to kill Socket 7 as it pushes OEMs over to its
Pentium II processor -- which is designed around a proprietary Slot
Still, the Socket 7 architecture could be around beyond 1999, said
Mark Lunsford, director of Asia-Pacific marketing for AMD, at the
AMD and Cyrix are not taking any chances, however. AMD is devising a
so-called Slot 1-like architecture, while Cyrix recently licensed Intel's own
Slot 1 system.