Intel Plays It Safe With Its Chips

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION? Intel has decided to license the proprietary connector between its Pentium II microprocessor and other personal-computer parts. An ongoing Federal Trade Commission probe of Intel has focused on the Pentium II connection--which competitor chipmakers need in order to sell Pentium II compatible chips to PC makers. By cross-licensing the Pentium II interface, Intel would let an unnamed partner build such chips. Intel denies that this deal has any connection with the federal investigation into the company. The FTC could decide as early as June whether it has enough evidence to bring a case against Intel.

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