VIA praat met National Semiconductor over de overname van Cyrix, meldt Electronic Buyers' News.
The talks have not been completed, and a spokesman for Santa Clara, Calif.-based National said it is considering Via as but one of an unnamed number of prospects at this point. But officials at Via's headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, said they anticipate an announcement shortly; observers expect it by Wednesday.
According to Taiwan-based sources, Via intends to purchase the Cyrix operation and then pay National either royalties or cash for the use of the X86 processor cross-license National separately negotiated with Intel Corp. One Taiwanese source said he anticipates co-branded National/Via chipsets to be produced in National's fabs beginning as early as July.
The deal, if finalized, could be seen as a defensive move by Via in its ongoing patent fight with Intel. The Santa Clara, Calif., processor market leader filed a lawsuit in a San Jose federal court last week, charging Via with breach of contract, unfair competition, and false advertising.