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Re: Mips cpu's

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Subject: Re: Mips cpu's
From: Andreas Busse <andy@resi.waldorf-gmbh.de>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 93 13:02:47 +0200
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> [...]
> 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).

Although we wouldn't get the parts for these prices (they are meant
for quantities > 1000 !!) Bill is right. We should *at least* wait
a few weeks to see what happens on the R4x00 market.
I expect informations from IDT this week.
However, a R3000 solution might be obsolete within some months,
so we should not hurry up building a thing which might be *relatively*
underpowered and overpriced.

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