THE EUROPEAN Commission has authorised the creation of a joint venture called SuperH, involving Hitachi Ltd., of Japan, and Dutch firm ST Microelectronics N.V.; it will consolidate, in a stand-alone company, the two companies' existing co-operation in the development of microprocessor cores. SuperH is to develop and license to third parties the so-called SH4 and subsequent RISC microprocessor architecture cores for embedded system applications. Brussels cleared the deal, having concluded in an inquiry that it did not spark competition ...

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