Chip vendor licenses processor

Chip vendor licenses processor

Core logic and graphics chip vendor Silicon Integrated Systems (SIS) recently announced a licensing agreement with Rise Technology that will make it the second Taiwan-based company with access to x86 processor technology for PCs.

The deal is another sign that Taiwan is emerging as the main supplier of low-cost alternatives to processors from market leaders Intel and Advanced Micros Devices (AMD), which is likely to put downward pressure on prices.

SIS said it had acquired rights to the processor technology to add to its technology portfolio and fuel its long-term growth. The licensing agreement adds the crucial x86 processor element to the company's in-house developed chip set, graphics processor and connectivity chip offerings, and positions SIS for delivering highly integrated chips at low cost, the company said in a statement. Financial details of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

Via Technologies, another Taiwan-based PC chip set vendor, last month secured access to x86 processor tech-nology with the completion of its purchase of Cyrix, followed by the acquisition of IDT's Centaur Technology processor unit.

Rise Technology, which reportedly has run into financial trouble recently, has concentrated its efforts on developing cheap processors for the sub-$US600 segment in the desktop PC market. In June, the company also announced plans for a low-cost processor for powering portable PCs.

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