Digital Equipment Corporation
Maynard, Massachusetts 01754-2571
DIGITAL EXTENDS ALPHA PERFORMANCE LEAD
WITH SPEED UPGRADES TO ALPHA MICROPROCESSORS
Alpha 21164 Up to 333MHz
MAYNARD, Mass. -- October 2, 1995 -- The world's fastest microprocessors just
got faster with the announcement today of speed upgrades to the Alpha 21164 (the
BIPS chip) and Alpha 21064A microprocessors. Digital Equipment Corporation will
now offer the Alpha 21164-333MHz chip, with estimated SPECint92 performance of
400 and SPECfp92 of 570, and the Alpha 21064A-300MHz chip, with estimated
SPECint92 of 220 and SPECfp92 of 300. These high-performance chips, targeted
initially at the high performance workstation and server markets, significantly
outpace the competition.
"Alpha microprocessors have consistently hit and often exceeded performance
targets and delivery times since their introduction more than three years ago,"
stated Ed Caldwell, vice president, Digital Semiconductor, a Digital Equipment
Corporation business. "The Alpha architecture is designed to deliver high
performance in every generation and design upgrade. Today's announcement by
Digital is an example of how we are able to push each successive Alpha
generation to ever greater performance levels."
Setting Industry Records
Today's announcement shows the significant performance advantage of Alpha
microprocessors. The Alpha 21164-333MHz processor significantly outperforms all
other currently shipping or sampling chips. It performs integer intensive
applications 1.7 to 2.9 times faster and floating point intensive applications
1.6 to 3.2 times faster than any available competitive processors. This
difference is due in part to Digital Semiconductor's advanced, world-class
manufacturing process and semiconductor design capabilities, which allow Digital
to deliver a processor at a record-setting 333 MHz. Both the Alpha 21164-333MHz
and the Alpha 21064A-300MHz microprocessors are sampling now and are
pin-compatible with previously announced versions. They enable easy enhancement
to existing systems.
Chips Shipping/Sampling Today
Digital Intel SGI HP Motorola Sun
Alpha X86 MIPS PA-RISC PowerPC SPARC
21164 P6 VR4400 7200 604 UltraSPARC
333MHz 133MHz 250MHz 120MHz 133MHz 167MHz
SPECint92 400 est. 200 est. 175 168.7 176 240 est.
SPECfp92 570 est. 200 est. 178 269.2 157 350 est.
Digital Semiconductor, a Digital Equipment Corporation business, headquartered
in Hudson, Massachusetts, designs, manufactures and markets industry-leading
semiconductor products including Alpha microprocessors and PCI peripheral chips
for networking, bridging, and graphics/multimedia, as well as low-power
StrongARM microprocessors under license from Advanced RISC Machines Ltd. Digital
Semiconductor operates design centers in Hudson, Palo Alto, California; Austin,
Texas; and Jerusalem, Israel. A new, $450 million fabrication facility in Hudson
will begin revenue production in 1996. Mitsubishi Electric Company is a second
source for Alpha microprocessors.
Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open client/server
solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems.
Digital's scalable Alpha platforms, storage, networking, software and services,
together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help
organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.
Note to Editors: Digital, Digital Semiconductor, and the Digital logo are
trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation.
SPECint and SPECfp are trademarks of System Performance
Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
SGI and MIPS are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics,
HP and PA are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard
PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business
Sun is a registered trademark and UltraSPARC is a trademark of
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
StrongARM is a trademark of Advanced RISC Machines Ltd.
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