IDT looks for help for its PC microprocessor business

IDT looks for help for its PC microprocessor business
Tom Foremski
Integrated Device Technology (IDT) is looking for outside help for its PC microprocessor business and may sell or spin-off the division.
According to sources close to IDT, the company is facing problems in establishing its WinChip Intel compatible microprocessors in the face of strong competition at the low end. It is the same problems faced by National Semiconductor which last week said it was leaving the PC microprocessor market and laying off 550 staff.
IDT has a tiny share of the overall PC microprocessor market and although its WInChip microprocessors offer good price/performance compared with Intel chips, it has failed to win significant numbers of customers. IDT might be able to benefit from National’s exit from the market but it still faces considerable challenges in marketing its chips.


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