Alpha Processor, Inc. Debuts to Drive 64-Bit Alpha In High-Volume NT Markets
NEW YORK, June 16, 1998 -- The formation of Alpha Processor, Inc. (API) as an
independent company dedicated to the marketing and technical support of the
Alpha microprocessor architecture, was announced here by Samsung Electronics
Co., Ltd., Compaq Computer Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced their full
support for the mission and strategy of the new company.
The new company, dedicated to the promotion and development of the Alpha
architecture, assures Alpha's continuing success in the Windows NT market.
Compaq's commitment to build Alpha-based systems, and Microsoft's plans to
provide complete operating system and development support for Alpha at parity
with any other microprocessor provides a strong foundation for the company's
Boston-based Alpha Processor, Inc., a subsidiary of SEC, recruited experienced
talent from Samsung, Digital Semiconductor and other firms. The venture is a
fabless U.S. startup with the charter of driving the Alpha processor into the
64-bit Windows NT market.
"Although a new company, Alpha Processor, Inc. benefits from world-class
technology, performance leadership and volume manufacturing and distribution
resources," said Dr. Daeje Chin, executive vice president and CEO of Samsung
Electronics' System LSI Group and API's new CEO. "Alpha is the only commercially
available processor capable of breaking the one GigaHertz barrier. Our
relationship with Compaq ensures expertise in volume channel marketing; through
Microsoft, we can deliver Windows NT compatibility. Together we will drive the
high-volume enterprise market."
"With the 64-bit capabilities included in Windows NT 5.0, Microsoft will deliver
solutions such as Very Large Memory that will provide unique performance
advantages to customers using the Alpha platform," said Jim Allchin, senior vice
president of personal and business systems group at Microsoft. "Alpha continues
to lead the way in 64-bit computing. We will continue to provide native support
for Alpha in all versions of our server software and development tool software,
giving customers a powerful, scalable architecture for delivering enterprise-
-ready solutions. With the inclusion of translation technology in NT 5.0,
Microsoft will ensure that Alpha is capable of running all existing Windows-
"Compaq's commitment to open standards, established channel support and strong
brand recognition, will help play a key role in the evolution of the 64-bit
Alpha platform into an industry-standard high-volume solution," said John Rose,
senior vice president and group general manager, enterprise computing group,
Compaq Computer Corporation.
"Alpha represents an extension to Compaq's expansive Intel-based solutions,
enhancing our offerings to deliver powerful 64-bit solutions today. Alpha's
performance, scalability and availability will enable Compaq to be the leading
vendor supporting the 64-bit capabilities of Windows NT 5.0 when it becomes
available," continued Rose.
"Alpha Processor, Inc. enters this exciting, fast-growth market with customer-
-tested leading-edge products, seasoned executives and support from industry
leaders, Compaq and Microsoft and Samsung," said Chin.
About Alpha Processor, Inc.
Alpha Processor, Inc., markets and sells the world's fastest commercially
available 64-bit microprocessors. Engineered by Compaq Computer and manufactured
in volume by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Alpha microprocessors are based on an
open industry standard architecture and are the only 64-bit Windows NT solutions
on the market today. The company is headquartered in greater Boston
Massachusetts and is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
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