Ik kwam bij Ace's Hardware nog wat info tegen over de huidige malaise bij Cyrix (overgenomen door VIA, Gobi en Mojavi CPU designs gedumpt):
Ok so Steve has updated his site where REAL Cyrix people bitch about NSM's ineptness in handling them. As for the Gobi project it seems to be in a rather bad condition: the 5 clock 256K on-die L2 did not turn out to work very well and the MHz is much lower than originally planned. The yield is also very low to the point that they can hardly sample it. Also, with the people in the project fired, it will take a miracle to debug Gobi in time. The MTRR is said to be messed up and thus leads to very disappointing performance. The last word is that the current revision does not work much better than the previous one. [break] En van Steve's site heb je hier een stukje: [/break] The real story about Via's choice to layoff people has to do with the fact that our R&D burn rate is about $10 million/month. Once this fact was unearthed, Via had to rethink its strategy and start immediately reducing costs. In addition, the motivation level of the M3 team prior to the layoffs was nonexistent. Anyone truly knowledgeable about the Gobi project would have observed its motivation level to be "lower" than in previous months, but team focus was continuing to improve through the months of June and July. Problems were being resolved and fixes were being put in place. Progress was being made in spite of all the distractions of the day.
>From the day the National announcement was made in May, I have heard two basic themes:
1) M3 team members whining and asking, "What can Via do for me?"
2) Gobi team members asking, "What can I do to make Cyrix and Via successful?"
The Gobi team has never received one offer of assistance from any M3 team members. That is, until several M3 team members were "asked" to join the Gobi project immediately after the mass layoff. This behavior is what caused the company to fall apart more than anything; lack of teamwork and focusing on things on which we had absolutely no influence. A sad state of affairs in a company which had many chances over the years to "eat Intel's lunch."