Can This Chip Beat Pentium?

It takes just a little hubris to pull off what Gerald D. Rogers has. In six years, his startup, Cyrix Corp., has become a burr under the saddle of microprocessor king Intel Corp. Even so, eyebrows arch when Rogers boasts that a new Cyrix design will outperform Intel's latest Pentium chip. Is it bluster or not? Linley Gwennap, who tracks the microprocessor business for market researcher MicroDesign Resources Inc., believes that the Cyrix chip, dubbed M1, "is on the leading edge of just about everything."

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