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CNET News.com: Set-top silicon a wide-open gameMay 12, 1999, 12:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)
"The set-top box phenomenon is opening up the processor market to a wide range of competitors, and in this new world Intel is only one of the pack."
"The absence of a 'Wintel'-like duopoly largely emerges from the technological and economic circumstances of this market. Set-top boxes at this point simply don't appear to need--or they can't afford--the computing power offered by chips based around the Intel architecture." "Cost, in many ways, is key in this market. Set-top boxes may sell for as much as $500--but in reality they will have to sell for closer to $200... a price ceiling that puts a lid on silicon costs. Intel's low-end Celeron chips start in the $65 range. Processors based around the MIPS or Hitachi designs, however, might sell in the $20 range..."
Intel hedges its bets
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