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Cyrix may be languishing in the x.86 boondocks (whatever they are), but Rise is not lying down with the lambs, sources said today. The company, a Taiwanese startup with serious investment capital behind it, is expected to announce who its fab partner will be over the next few weeks. Our information is that it is ST Microelectronics (formerly SG Thomsen). ST Microelectronics at one time provided part of the fab capacity for Cyrix, along with IBM. That means it has access to a whole range of cross licences. If no-one snaps up what’s left of Cyrix, its disappearance from the discrete x.86 market will give it a chance to mop up some market share, our source said, indiscreetly. ®

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