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Sources not a million miles away from the capital of Taiwan have told The Register that production quality .18 micron silicon for Via's Joshua microprocessor arrived at the end of last week. The Joshua processor is likely to be officially rolled out with a product line in early March, according to the same sources. The silicon is manufactured in National Semiconductor's South Portland fabrication plant, and the first units to ship will be PR-533 parts, the same sources said. NatSemi used to own Cyrix technology, which Via acquired last year. Some technical information about Joshua can be found at Via's Web site, here. ®

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