Dec And Intel Bury The Hatchet

THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION is expected to O.K. by Apr. 24 the patent settlement announced last Oct. 27 between Intel and Digital Equipment Corp., according to industry sources. To end a patent dispute between the companies, Intel agreed to buy Digital's Hudson (Mass.) semiconductor fabrication plant for $700 million and manufacture Digital's Alpha processor there for at least five years. Since the deal was inked, Digital has agreed to be acquired by Compaq for $8.4 billion. To ensure that Intel can't undermine Alpha with a tepid commitment, the FTC has pressed Compaq and Digital to line up AMD as an additional manufacturing source. The Alpha is made by Digital and Samsung.