Digital Equipment Corporation
Maynard, Massachusetts 01754-2571
Digital Equipment Corporation
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
DIGITAL TO GRANT SAMSUNG ARCHITECTURAL LICENSE
FOR ALPHA TECHNOLOGY
MAYNARD, Mass. -- February 9, 1998 -- Digital Equipment Corporation announced
today that it will grant Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. an Alpha architectural
license to strengthen their ongoing business relationship based on the Alpha
microprocessor. It was also announced that Samsung will create a subsidiary
dedicated to the marketing and sales of Alpha microprocessors. Digital will work
closely with the subsidiary and provide marketing and technical support.
The letter of intent announced today defines the terms under which Samsung will
gain access to all Alpha microprocessor intellectual property, including patents
and future implementations. This will allow Samsung to make its own versions of
the Alpha processor for specific markets. Digital will manage the architectural
process to ensure architectural consistency, and will continue to develop future
Alpha designs. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Alpha Momentum Accelerates
According to Harold D. Copperman, senior vice president and group executive,
Digital Products Division, "This agreement further solidifies the future of
Alpha for our customers. It means they can choose from a far broader range of
Alpha solutions and vendors well into the 21st century."
Dr. Daeje Chin, executive vice president & CEO of Samsung's System LSI
Division said, "Samsung already has developed very fast versions of the 21164
and 21264 Alpha microprocessors through current implementation licenses with
Digital. We now have access to Digital's future generation Alpha designs as well
as the freedom to build successive generations of cutting-edge Alpha products to
serve a broader customer base."
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is one of the world's leading producers of
semiconductors, consumer appliances, computers and telecommunications equipment.
Its semiconductor division manufactures and sells such products as memory, ASIC,
micom, etc. and had sales of US$6 billion in 1997.
Digital Equipment Corporation, recognized for product and service excellence, is
a leading supplier of high-performance, Web-based computing solutions that help
enterprises compete in the global marketplace. Digital offers its customers a
winning Internet advantage through a comprehensive portfolio of Internet
solutions based on award-winning systems, advanced networking infrastructure,
innovative software, and industry applications - including those from its
business partners. The expertise and experience of Digital employees help
customers plan, design, implement, manage and support Internet solutions in
countries throughout the world.
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