Chips and Technologies (C&T) was the first fabless semiconductor company, a model developed by its founder Gordon Campbell. A fabless semiconductor company specializes in the design and sale of Hardware devices implemented on Semiconductor
Its first product was an EGA IBM compatible graphics chip. This was followed by chipsets for PC motherboards and other computer graphics chips. A chipset is a group of Integrated circuits or chips that are designed to work together and are usually marketed as a single product Computer graphics are Graphics created by Computers and more generally the Representation and Manipulation of Pictorial Data
C&T was acquired by Intel in 1997, primarily for its graphics chip business.
C&T SuperMath J38700DX was a 80387DX compatible FPU coprocessor. The Intel 80387 ( 387 or i387) was the math Coprocessor for the 80386 series of Microprocessors and the first Intel A floating point unit (FPU is a part of a Computer system specially designed to carry out operations on Floating point numbers A coprocessor is a Computer processor used to supplement the functions of the primary processor (the CPU
C&T also designed a 386-compatible microprocessor known as the Super386 38600DX/38600SX using clean room design techniques, but this chip never enjoyed as much success as the 386 CPUs produced by Intel, AMD, and Cyrix. A microprocessor incorporates most or all of the functions of a Central processing unit (CPU on a single Integrated Clean room design (also known as the Chinese wall technique is the method of copying a design by Reverse engineering and then recreating it without infringing Cyrix was a CPU manufacturer that began in 1978 in Richardson Texas as a specialist supplier of high-performance math co-processors for 286 and C&T 38605DX had 512 byte cache, but РGA (144 pin) package was incompatible with 386 socket.
Chips and Technologies was the first company (outside of IBM) to deliver a compatible VGA chipset, the 82C451, opening up the IBM compatible graphics display market. The term Video Graphics Array ( VGA) refers specifically to the display hardware first introduced with the IBM PS/2 line of computers in 1987, but through its widespread This market was then entered by companies such as Trident Microsystems, Western Digital, Cirrus Logic, Oak Technologies, and others, until it was saturated. Trident Microsystems is a supplier of display-processors for Flat panel displays (plasma LCD, etc Western Digital Corporation ( (often abbreviated to WD) is a manufacturer of computer hard disk drives, and has a long history in the electronics industry as Cirrus Logic ( is a fabless semiconductor supplier specializing in analog mixed-signal and DSP chips Oak Technology was a supplier of Semiconductor chips for sound cards graphics cards and optical storage devices such as CD-ROM, CD-RW and DVD
Chips and Technologies provided the Wingine video card, a very high speed framebuffer that sat in a proprietary local bus slot on supported motherboards. Epson and JCIS were two manufacturers who offered motherboards featuring the Wingine local bus slot. The Wingine was popular with users of NEXTSTEP for Intel processors, as it was one of the highest performing video cards supported by the operating system. Nextstep was the original object-oriented, multitasking Operating system that NeXT Computer developed to run on its range of proprietary computers