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Five years ago, today From The Register, Issue 2, five years ago... Cyrix has announced the availability of its 386 to 486 upgrade chip for notebooks. Called, rather uncatchily, the Cx486SRx2-NB, the product is aimed squarely at owners of 386SX notebooks. In the UK, Cyrix has appointed Network SI (formerly a part of ACT) and Mikrolive Computer Services to perform the upgrades by physically replacing the 386SX chips on notebook motherboards. The 50MHz surface mount chip is aimed at the large 386SX/16, 20 and 25MHz notebook market with a suggested retail price of $399, a ninety days warranty, and a promised one to two days turnround. According to Geoff Eccleston, managing director of Cyrix Europe, the chip is the first 486 clock doubled single chip microprocessor upgrade for these types of notebooks. Eccleston showed slides claiming Landmark results of 139.58 compared to 22.49 on a Toshiba T3100SX 25MHz notebook and Norton SI ratings of 59.4:17.3. Wintach 1.2 tests for word processors gave a 1.89:1.07 performance boost while CAD and drawing applications gave ratings of 1.40:1.13. Eccleston was unable to provide figures for the number of notebook upgrades Cyrix expects to ship over the next six months. Meanwhile, Nick Woods, European marketing manager at Intel, predicted that the upgrade would flop. ®

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