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InfoWorld: Compaq, Samsung pump $500 million into Alpha

Dec 13, 1999, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jana Sanchez)

"Attempting to dispel long-standing concerns that Compaq is not fully committed to its 64-bit Alpha microprocessor technology, the company on Monday announced investments of $500 million in the chip architecture."

"The underlying CPU technology for almost all of Compaq's high-end servers has gotten a boost thanks to Compaq's teaming up with Samsung Electronics and Samsung's subsidiary, Alpha Processor Inc. (API). The three signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in a $500 million combined investment to advance Alpha markets, including the segment using the Linux operating system, the companies said Monday in a joint statement...."

""We don't see Linux as a market for Alpha, per se," Lipcon said. "We are targeting several vertical markets." Compaq expects to see Linux on Alpha in the area of network infrastructure and high-performance technical computing and perhaps in some e-commerce applications."

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