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Chips and Technologies was the first fabless semiconductor company, a model developed by its founder Gordon Campbell. A fabless semiconductor company specializes in the design and sale of hardware devices implemented on semiconductor chips. ...


Its first product was an EGA IBM compatible graphics chip. This was followed by chipsets for PC motherboards and other computer graphics chips. C&T also designed a 386-compatible microprocessor known as the Super386 using clean room design techniques, but this chip never enjoyed as much success as the 386 CPUs produced by Intel, AMD, and Cyrix. A chipset is a group of integrated circuits (chips) that are designed to work together, and are usually marketed as a single product. ... The ABIT KT7, an ATX format motherboard A motherboard is a printed circuit board used in a personal computer. ... Jump to: navigation, search Computer graphics (CG) is the field of visual computing, where one utilizes computers both to generate visual images synthetically and to integrate or alter visual and spatial information sampled from the real world. ... Jump to: navigation, search An Intel 80386 Microprocessor The Intel 80386 is a microprocessor which was used as the central processing unit (CPU) of many personal computers from 1986 until 1994 and later. ... Jump to: navigation, search Microprocessors, including an Intel 80486DX2 and an Intel 80386 A microprocessor (abbreviated as µP or uP) is a computer electronic component made from miniaturized transistors on a single semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) (aka microchip or just chip). ... Clean room design is the method of copying a design by reverse engineering and then recreating it without infringing any of the copyrights and trade secrets associated with the original design. ... Jump to: navigation, search Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) (HKSE: 4335) (founded 1968) is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ... Jump to: navigation, search CPU manufacturer Cyrix began in 1988 as a specialist supplier of high-performance maths co-processors for 286 and 386 systems. ...


Chips and Technologies was the first company ( outside of IBM ) to deliver a compatible VGA chipset, the 82C451, opening up the IBM compatible graphics display market. This market was then entered by companies such as Trident Microsystems, Western Digital, Cirrus Logic, Oak Technologies, and others, until it was saturated. Video Graphics Array (VGA) is a computer display standard first marketed in 1987 by IBM. VGA belongs to a family of earlier IBM video standards and largely remains backward compatible with them. ... Trident Microsystems is a supplier of display-processors for flat panel displays (plasma, LCD, etc. ... Jump to: navigation, search Western Digital Corporation NYSE: WDC (often abbreviated to WD) is a manufacturer of a large proportion of the worlds hard disks, and has a long history in the electronics industry as an IC maker and a storage products company. ... Cirrus Logic is a fabless semiconductor supplier specializing in analog, mixed-signal, and DSP chips. ... Oak Technologies was founded in 1987. ...


C&T was acquired by Intel in 1997, primarily for its graphics chip business.


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Chips and Technologies was a manufacturer of integrated circuits.
C&T also designed a 386-compatible microprocessor known as the Super386 using clean room design techniques, but this chip never enjoyed as much success as the 386 CPUs produced by Intel, AMD, and Cyrix.
C&T was acquired by Intel in 1997, primarily for its graphics chip business.
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