Intel Braces For A Chorus Of `Send In The Clones'

It seems too good to last. In the slugfest between chipmakers Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. over AMD's microprocessor clones, everyone is winning. Both companies surprised Wall Street by capping 1991 with record fourth-quarter results. Both exceeded the rosiest earnings projections, thanks to soaring demand for the 386 microprocessors, the most popular "brains" for personal computers. In fact, the booming 386 business helped propel Intel into the No.1 spot among U.S. chipmakers. Its 1991 semiconductor revenues topped $4 billion, ahead of an estimated $3.9 billion for No.2 Motorola Inc.

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