Senior US lawyers at Intel have called off an attempt to prevent AMD demonstrating its K5 chips at Cebit on the basis that the letter P forms part of the Pentium patent.
A senior source at AMD Europe said that Intel was to attempt obtaining an injunction in a German court yesterday. 'We were told P belongs to Pentium and we're not allowed to use it,' he said.
'The court case yesterday was intended to see whether there was a case to answer.' But over the weekend senior lawyers at both companies met in San Jose to discuss the case, and Intel agreed to shelve it for the time being, he said.
If Intel persists, it could give rise to some interesting repercussions in the industry. Firms like Pipex might have to become Iex, while this title might need to call itself C Dealer, unless the Houses of Arliament ruled against the move.
Even though AMD will demo 100MHz, 90MHz and 75MHz of its tardy K5 family this week, volume shipment of the chips is unlikely for its P100 until the end of the year and the others are slated to arrive in summer.
An Intel representative was unable to either confirm or deny that his company had planned litigation.
But he took a side swipe at AMD, repeating US reports it would dump the K5 family in favour of Nexgen technology. AMD flatly denies the rumour.
Meanwhile Cyrix, which also uses the P-rating system, appeared to have kept out of the fray. It will demonstrate a 200MHz version of its 6x86 chip and will follow soon after with volume shipment.
The chips are manufactured by IBM and SGS Thomson.
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