Remember Intel's marketing of the 80386-SX? Well, in a classic case of taking lemons and making lemonade, Intel took some of its 80486 CPUs that had defective math co-processors, burned out the ability to access the defective math-co, and sold them as 80486-SX CPUs. Once again, Intel had a hit.
All too often success comes with a price. In this particular instance, that price came with competition. Remember Cyrix and FastMath? Well, when Intel looked to bury Cyrix's FastMath by putting the math-co in the CPU, Cyrix responded by making CPUs. And Cyrix wasn't alone in looking to take a bite out of Intel. Another firm with a fair amount of experience in turning sand into dollars called Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) figures prominently in really ticking Intel off.
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