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CNET News.com: Alpha Processor expands from chips to Linux-based systems

May 23, 2000, 11:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Currently a seller of Alpha chips and associated electronics, Alpha Processor this fall will begin selling special-purpose Linux-based computers designed to pump out streams of multimedia content over the Internet."

"Compaq inherited the Alpha chip design when it acquired Digital Equipment in 1998, and Samsung began manufacturing the chip shortly thereafter. Compaq and Samsung expected Alpha Processor to expand the market for the chip, an effort that has met with only modest success."

"Reflecting the expanded strategy to sell full-fledged computers, Alpha Processor chief technology officer Gerry Talbot took over as president today. Daeje Chin, a Samsung executive, had been president but will remain chief executive officer. In addition, the company has set up a new business unit, API Networks, under David Rich to focus on the new special-purpose computers."

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