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Sources said that Taiwanese company UMC (United Microelectronics Corp) will be the foundry that will make the mp6 family of processors for x.86 start up company Rise. UMC, a Taiwanese company, has access to the x.86 technology and the foundry ability to make the parts, the source said. Last month, we reported that Rise was aiming to produce Socket 370 parts. (Story: Rise to announce Socket 370 breakthrough) Rise is now actively recruiting distributors for its processors both in Europe and around the world. Also last month, Rise struck a deal with Acer Labs Inc (ALi) to use the Aladdin chipset for its mobile platform. (Story: Rise wins Acer chipset support) Three years ago, UMC settled a patent infringement suit with Intel, receiving a sum of money from Intel in exchange for stopping making 486 clones. Intel had sued UMC in July 1994 for an alleged infringement of its patents. An Intel representative said that the underlying technology behind the Socket 370 was proprietary. "The socket itself is just mechanics," he said. Intel would not object to x.86 companies producing 370 boards provided they did not infringe Intel's intellectual property. ®

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