The $1.5 billion Alpha processor joint-development project unveiled earlier this by Compaq Computer Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. involves yet another bedfellow-MPU rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and its Athlon microprocessor.
In addition to the processor program, Samsung's subsidiary, Alpha Processors Inc. (API), is working with AMD to develop an Alpha core-logic chipset called Caspian. Slated for production in the third quarter of 2000, Caspian will support both the Alpha and Athlon processors using the Alpha EV6 bus architecture common to both devices. The cooperative effort ultimately will benefit the processors and their makers alike, said Daeje Chin, Samsung Electronics' executive vice president and chief technical officer, and chairman and chief executive of API.
[break]Verder wordt er nog een nieuwe SMP-chipset ontwikkeld voor zowel Athlon als Alpha-chips.[/break]In related news, Samsung's Chin said API is developing a chipset, called Tasman, to support four- to six-processor servers using either the Alpha or Athlon chips. Additionally, the Samsung/Compaq alliance will work with AMD to adapt Athlon's Lightning Data Transfer I/O interface to function in Alpha processors with data speeds of 1 to 3.2 Gbytes/s, noted Jeff Borkowski, API's vice president of sales and marketing.
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