Articles :: Chips :: Motherboards.org
Billy Newsom · 01-01-1997 · Category:
CPUs, ROM BIOS, and Chipsets
- Acer Laboratories, Inc. is
the chipset manufacturing arm of Acer Group. Their chipsets go by
the "Aladdin" name. The Alladin V is the first chipset to sport a
100 MHz memory bus.
Micro Devices (AMD) makes 486 and P5 CPU's. Their chips are the
5x86, the K5 (which they no longer make), and the K6. AMD purchased
NexGen, and you'll need to contact them for support of NexGen
- American Megatrends,
Inc. makes AMIBIOS.
- Award Software Intl. Inc.
is the maker of Award BIOS. Award starts over 70 million computers
Directory is a massive listing of chips.
- Chips and Technologies, Inc.
(C&T) makes chipsets and other semiconductor products. Word
on the street is that Intel will soon purchase C&T, pending FTC
- Corsair Microsystems
makes SDRAM DIMM's and other high-end memory products. They are the
ones to see for memory.
Corp. makes CPU's mostly. Someone tell me when I can have a SMP
Cyrix system, and maybe I'll change my mind about Cyrix. Their
products include the 5x86 and 6x86 (which they no longer make), the
MediaGX, the 6x86MX, and the M II.
Semiconductor makes RTC, IC's, and discrete chips.
- Digital Equipment Corp.
(DEC) makes a lot of things besides the Alpha.
But when you're a primary competitor for names like Yahoo!, Intel,
Sun, HP, and IBM, you've probably made more than a few friends
along the way. And what else runs at 667 MHz?
Semiconductor Corp. makes memory and IC's.
Microelectronics, Inc. (FMI) makes IC's and CPU's.
- Hyundai Electronics America
Corp. makes memory and other IC's.
- Intel PCIsets
and AGPsets. They make the Triton, Natoma, and Orion chipsets,
among others. Intel has also been known to make a CPU or two. They may be
out of stock on their i4004, but that can't be helped. Intel did
market the first & calculators. Sure, the Pentium II might be
an overkill for that Casio you used at school, but then it's a bit
larger than it is, too.
Business Machines Corp. (IBM) makes a few P5 CPU's. Okay, they
OEM them, which is like licensing the ideas of another company and
pretending they're yours. Actually, they slap a Big Blue sticker
over Cyrix chips. All right, not really & on the same
assembly line in the same plant by the same process. If you have a
Cyrix or IBM chip and
you don't know the correct voltage, try this
- Integrated Device Technology,
Inc. makes memory and CPU's. Their C6 microprocessor is
supposed to perform similar to an Intel Pentium MMX at the same
clock speed, however they were dead last in releasing such a
- Integrated Technology Express,
Inc. (ITE) designs IC's for PCs, consumer electronics, and
multimedia products. Products include Super I/O, LPC I/O,
PCI-to-ISA Bridge controllers, audio and video related controllers,
and high-speed communications codecs/transceivers.
- LSI Logic makes ASIC's
and core logic.
- Micro Firmware Inc.
carries Phoenix and Quadtel BIOS.
- Microid Research, Inc.
makes MR BIOS®.
- Crucial Technology is a
division of Micron. Micron is
the largest memory manufacturer in the U.S., and they recently
bought three TI fabs &
Inc. makes CPU's, but not for any Intel-style motherboards.
Their 680x0 family is CISC-based and was used in all Macs from 1984
until about 1994. The RISC PowerPC has now completely replaced
680x0 systems. Motorola also makes a lot of controller chips and
- Oki Semiconductor makes
controller chips, IC's, and memory products.
- OPTi makes chipsets
for 486, P5, and P6 motherboards.
Semiconductors makes IC's.
- Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
makes Phoenix BIOS.
Technology Inc. makes chipsets for PPC and i960.
- Samsung Semiconductor
makes many IC's and discrete chips.
- Silicon Graphics makes MIPS CPU's, and Cray supercomputers, plus the CPU in the
- SiS or Silicon Integrated
Systems Corp. makes chipsets. See also their Taiwan site.
- SMC or Standard Microsystems
Corp. makes controller chips and chipsets.
Microsystems makes SPARC stations, some of the most popular
UNIX boxes, plus their SunOS and Solaris operating systems are the
best in the business. For x86ers, they are just another software
Instruments Inc. (TI) makes 486 CPU's and controller chips.
They just recently exited the memory industry to continue their
dominance in DSP's.
- Unicore Software, Inc.
has BIOS's from all four major BIOS makers including Phoenix,
Award, MR BIOS®, and AMI. They also have some awesome
diagnostic equipment for computer technicians and tinkerers.
- United Microelectronics
Corp. makes UMC chipsets.
- Utron Technology, Inc.
- V3 or V
Cubed Semiconductor makes chipsets, mostly for 29000, i960, 68000,
and PPC systems.
- VIA Technology, Inc. makes
VIA chipsets. They have a U.S.
- VLSI Technology, Inc. makes
the chipset affectionately known as VLSI.
- Wim Bervoet's BIOS Page
has plenty of BIOS information. You can also figure out who
manufactured your motherboard.
makes chipsets, mostly for I/O and peripherals.
- Zilog is your site if RISC
is not your style or you're dying for a Z-80. They make CPU's. For
history buffs, the Z-80 used to be the prime competitor for the
Intel 8008, 8080, and 8085 family of chips.
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