Cyrix copies Intel's chip
Cyrix Corp. introduced the first true copy of Intel Corp.'s top microprocessor chip yesterday, perhaps intensifying competition for the leading maker of these "brains" of personal computers. Cyrix' new chip performs like Intel's 486 chip, its most powerful microprocessor and most profitable product, Cyrix said.
United files complaint about Japan
United Airlines said yesterday that it filed a complaint with the federal government seeking retaliation for Japan's alleged violation of a bilateral aviation agreement. The step was the strongest yet taken by the carrier regarding its allegations that the Japanese government illegally blocked a proposed route from Tokyo to Sydney.
Kirschner gets export certificate
Kirschner Medical Corp. said Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reissued a certificate for export that it took away in June.
While the Timonium-based orthopedic company was not required to have the certificate to export the products from its Fair Lawn, N.J., plant, the certificate gave foreign countries an assurance of a high standard of manufacturing. The license was rescinded after an April inspection turned up undisclosed problems. The plant was inspected again in July.
Business failures increase
U.S. business failures increased 14.3 percent in the first nine months of 1992, to 74,715, over the same period a year ago, according to a study by The Dun & Bradstreet Corp.
New York, California and the states around them, which grew rapidly in the 1980s, now are among the areas experiencing the most business failures. The sharpest increase was in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector, where business failures rose 28.1 percent, to 2,218, from the same period of 1991.
Coast Guard to use old factory
The U.S. government has agreed to lease an old General Electric Co. microwave oven factory in Columbia on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will use the building, which GE vacated in 1988, for a storage warehouse, said Tim Cahill, a broker with CB Commercial.
Biospherics gets pesticide patent
Biospherics Inc. of Beltsville said yesterday that it has received a patent for a pesticide that could be used to control house flies in poultry houses. The company says the pesticide, which it has not yet developed into a product, is safe for humans.