Compaq and Intel to Accelerate Enterprise Server Roadmaps
New York -- June 25, 2001 -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) and Intel
Corporation today announced a multi-year agreement that accelerates availability
of next-generation enterprise servers based on the Intel Itanium processor
family. Compaq will transfer key enterprise processor technology to Intel and
consolidate its entire 64-bit server family on the Itanium architecture.
The companies will work together to expand marketplace adoption of the Itanium
processor family. Compaq will build on that high-volume platform to provide its
customers with unparalleled price/performance.
Today's technology and marketing agreement joins Compaq's advanced systems
engineering expertise and large installed base with Intel's leading
microprocessor design and world-class volume manufacturing capabilities. Compaq
will develop the broadest family of server products -- from supercomputers to
Web servers -- that all operate on a single microprocessor architecture, the
Itanium architecture. Compaq customers will benefit from the most advanced
system designs at the lowest possible cost with complete investment protection.
Details of the announcement include:
- Compaq will consolidate its entire 64-bit family of servers onto the Itanium
microprocessor architecture by 2004. In one bold stroke, Compaq is extending
its 10 years of leadership in 64-bit computing for the next decade and beyond.
Compaq will deliver an additional generation of Alpha technology (EV7) to
advance system performance prior to the new generation of the Itanium-based
systems, for which the company will provide tools and support for a smooth
customer transition. The company will also design and build new NonStop
Himalaya systems based on MIPS chip technology until the first shipments of
Itanium-based systems are available in 2004.
- The new family of Compaq enterprise servers will support Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS,
and NonStop Kernel, complementing the company's market leadership in
Windows 2000 and Linux.
- Compaq is transferring significant Alpha microprocessor and compiler
technology, tools and resources to Intel.
- Compaq will immediately begin to port Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS and NonStop Kernel
operating systems and development tools to the Itanium processor family.
Operating system and application development tools compatibility protects
customers' long-term investments in Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS, and NonStop Kernel,
as well as advancing the capabilities for Windows 2000 and Linux on ProLiant.
- Compaq and Intel have agreed to joint engineering development focused on
advanced parallelism for high-end computing.
"The bottom line is: we are creating great customer value," said Michael
Capellas, chairman and CEO of Compaq. "Our move to the Itanium architecture
provides customers and independent software vendors with the most compelling
roadmap to next-generation server technology. Customers get increased
performance, price/performance and application support. This reinforces our
commitment to customer investment protection as well as providing the best path
for future growth. We believe Intel's architecture is the best choice for the
enterprise, and for our customers this is truly the best of both worlds."
"We are delighted that the market segment leader in enterprise servers is
bringing its high-end systems expertise to the Itanium processor family," said
Craig Barrett, president and CEO of Intel. "This agreement with Compaq furthers
our shared vision of delivering customer value by advancing high-performance,
high-volume building blocks. Our agreement will bring higher levels of
performance, availability and scalability to systems based on the Itanium
Compaq customers and software vendors such as Black and Decker, the London Stock
Exchange and Oracle Corporation said today's moves will strengthen their current
and long-term investments in Compaq systems based on Intel's architecture.
"Oracle is very excited about Compaq Tru64 UNIX coming to the Intel platform.
Intel, Tru64 UNIX, and Oracle9i and Real Application Clusters is an
unprecedented combination," said Lawrence J. Ellison, chairman and CEO of Oracle
Corporation. (See additional industry commentary attached to this release)
Under the multi-year technology agreement, Compaq is transferring significant
Alpha tools and engineering resources to Intel, as well as granting licenses to
Compaq's Alpha microprocessor technology and compilers.
Over the next couple of years, several hundred Compaq microprocessor engineers,
compiler experts and infrastructure employees will be offered employment with
Intel. A portion of these engineers will remain with Compaq to complete a next-
-generation Alpha microprocessor development effort currently underway but will
transfer to Intel as their projects are completed. Compaq's transfer of
technology and resources to Intel is expected to result in an acceleration and
enhancement of Intel's Itanium processor roadmap.
The companies are investing in a multi-year marketing program to enable software
vendors and Compaq's installed base of customers to move their applications to
servers incorporating the Itanium processor family.
AlphaServer, NonStop, ProLiant Roadmaps
Compaq said it will continue to design and build new AlphaServer systems based
on current and upcoming Alpha processor technology through 2003. The company
plans to upgrade the current high-end AlphaServer GS Series with a 1 GHz Alpha
processor this summer. The next-generation EV7 Alpha processor, which is
currently under development, will power a new AlphaServer system planned for
introduction late next year.
Compaq also will design and build new NonStop Himalaya systems based on MIPS
chip technology until the first shipments of Itanium processor-based Himalaya
systems are available in 2004.
The company added that it will also continue to aggressively advance its
ProLiant server roadmap based on the Itanium processor, with the first Itanium-
-based systems due in Q3 2001.
Compaq, the market-leading provider of industry standard servers using the Intel
architecture, will continue its commitment to deliver a rich roadmap of 32-bit
Intel architecture-based ProLiant servers to meet customers' scale-out and
scale-up requirements. To address customers' scale-out requirements, Compaq will
offer a broad range of ProLiant servers including future generations of its
ultra-dense servers, the forthcoming hyper-dense blade architecture servers, and
other modular server form factors. Compaq will continue to meet customers'
scale-up requirements with current and future generations of its popular
ProLiant 8-way servers using Intel 32-bit architecture, as well as developing a
32-way ProLiant server based on the Itanium processor family.
"We will continue to invest aggressively in scale-up and scale-out of Microsoft
technology," Michael Capellas said. "And we will continue to work closely with
Microsoft to drive the next generation of Web services and Web delivery through
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is leading manufacturer of computer,
networking, and communication products. Additional information about Intel is
available at http://www.intel.com
Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading global
provider of technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures,
and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-
-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical
solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable
products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than 200 countries. Information
on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com
Today's press release contains forward-looking statements based on current
expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events.
These statements are not historical facts and are subject to factors and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
described in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements
address a variety of subjects including, for example, the timing of the adoption
by Compaq of the Itanium processor family, continued AlphaServer and NonStop
Himalaya systems development by Compaq, the timing of porting by Compaq of
certain operating systems and development tools to the Itanium processor
environment, the expected date of the transfer of technology and engineers to
Intel and the potential benefits of the transfer. The following factors, among
others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in
these forward-looking statements: the risk that the adoption by Compaq of the
Itanium processor family is delayed or is otherwise not successful, the risk
that the Compaq Alpha tools, engineering resources and technology will not be
successfully integrated by Intel, and increased competition and technological
changes in the industries in which Compaq and Intel compete. For a detailed
discussion of these and other statements, please refer to Intel and Compaq's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual
Reports on Form 10-K of each of Intel and Compaq for 2000, Quarterly Reports on
Form 10-Q for the most recently ended quarter, and Intel's 2001 Business Update
release issued June 7, 2001.