Check out the recent Intel vs HP,MIPS, AMD,CRYIX message in comp.sys.intel
It has alot of information on the current state of the cpu market.
Not sure how accuracte. But it's interesting.
It also mentions some interesting stuff about $50-$70 cpu's:
There are also some amazing MIPS
chips coming (see Microprocessor Report May 31 1993). The first (from NEC
at only $70!!!) is really low power (2 watts vs Pentiums 16) and equal in
performance to the Pentium. You can get info on this by calling 1-800 I
GO MIPS and with a touch tone phone asking the machine to FAX you
Documents No. 205 and 206. You can also call James Mac Hale at MIPS at
415-390-4560. The other is about 30% faster (from IDT) and a bit more than
$70. Since MIPS runs NT these can run all of the Intel software. At $70
this is twice as fast as Intel's 486 which costs like $500 (Intel's bread
and butter). These chips are smaller than the 486 and so very cheap to
make (like 1/10th to 1/20th the cost of the Pentium).
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