InfoWorld meldt dat Compaq en Samsung hebben aangekondigd dat ze samen 500 miljoen dollar zullen investeren in de Alpha architectuur:
The money discussed in Monday's announcement will be pumped into the semiconductor manufacturing process, as well as into marketing efforts. Samsung will invest in newer technologies in the manufacturing process, including copper interconnect, low-K dielectric, and silicon-on-insulator technology, according to the statement. Increased funding of independent software vendors to develop for Alpha will also be a key target for spending, Lipcon said.
Specifically, the three will target certain segments of the Linux OS market.
"We don't see Linux as a market for Alpha, per se," Lipcon said. "We are targeting several vertical markets." Compaq expects to see Linux on Alpha in the area of network infrastructure and high-performance technical computing and perhaps in some e-commerce applications.
In het artikel wordt verder duidelijk dat Compaq gewoon blij Itanium servers zal promoten, ondanks het feit dat de 64-bit Alpha processor een concurrent is van de Itanium.