That Ibm Intel Brawl Is Off

The computer industry was buzzing following an Aug. 23 report that IBM is set to develop a clone of the Intel chips that power some 70% of the world's personal computers. In fact, say IBM insiders, the company is building a "clean room" version--an Intel-like chip built from the ground up. But fight fans may be disappointed. Insiders say Big Blue, content to spend hundreds of millions on its PowerPC chip venture with Motorola and Apple, is not looking to compete with Intel mano a mano. Instead, the clean-room effort may enable IBM to design a chip that could run both Intel-based and PowerPC-based software.

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