Cyrix Outpaces The Pentium

FINALLY, NO.2 GETS A BREAK. Cyrix, the Avis among cloners of Intel chips, got a boost on Sept. 25 when market leader Advanced Micro Devices disclosed that its version of Intel's Pentium chip won't be ready until the second quarter of 1996. Taking its cue, Cyrix plans to announce on Oct. 9 that in December it will ship a speedy new Pentium-compatible chip that will give AMD--and Intel--fits. Reason: it is 1.2 to 1.3 times faster than an equivalent Pentium. Analysts say Cyrix, with about 7% of the 486 chip market, could snatch up to 10% of the Pentium market next year.

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