Tasting A Bit of a Microchip Dip

Computer king Intel's stock reels as a competitor copies its leading product

+ TALK PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND YOU ARE TALKING microprocessors -- the tiny silicon chips that are the PC's "brains." Talk microprocessors and you are talking Intel. The company, based in Santa Clara, California, is the world's leading PC-brain maker. Part of Intel's success has been its ability to stay a step ahead of the chip manufacturers making cheaper versions of Intel's high- performance product line. One of these is Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), based in nearby Sunnyvale, which has just scored a coup in the constantly changing world of chip competition: a judge overturned a jury verdict that AMD did...

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