SiS licenses Pentium M

Ready to make Centrino-style chipsets

Chipset maker SiS today revealed that it has licensed Intel's Pentium M bus technology, allowing it to bring to market alternatives to Intel's own i855 chipset, the core of the chip giant's Centrino mobile platform.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and neither were specific details of SiS' plans for how it will use the licence.

The agreement puts SiS alongside ATI, which licensed the Pentium M bus earlier this year. ATI's Mobility Radeon IGP 9100 chipset should be already shipping.

SiS admitted in March that it was talking to Intel about licensing the Pentium M, so it's clearly taken some time for the chip giant to give it the go-ahead. ALi is believed to be pursuing a Pentium M licence too. Both were expected to announce Pentium M chipsets during the second half of the year, so presumably an ALi announcement won't be far off. ®

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