ALPHA AXP MICROPROCESSORS EXTEND PERFORMANCE LEADERSHIP OVER COMPETITORS
MAYNARD, Mass., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today raised the standard for high performance computing by unveiling two new additions to the Alpha AXP microprocessor family. These two new versions of the DECchip 21064, the 21064A-225 and the 21064A-275, operate at 225 and 275 MHz respectively. The new chips boost performance by increasing the clock frequency 50 percent and doubling the on-chip cache of earlier versions of the DECchip 21064 micro-processor.
With performance estimated at 170 SPECint92 and over 290 SPECfp92, the 275 MHz DECchip 21064A is the highest performing commercially available microprocessor in the industry. This chip is capable of delivering a 50 percent performance improvement over the current industry leader -- the 200 MHz DECchip 21064. "This announcement builds on Digital's already proven leadership in high performance microprocessors and further establishes the Alpha AXP architecture as an open market standard," said Ed Caldwell, vice president Semiconductor Operations, Digital Equipment Corporation. "Digital has consistently led the industry in microprocessor performance since the launch of the Alpha AXP architecture in February 1992. These chips extend this performance leadership and demonstrate our commitment to becoming the high-performance microprocessor vendor-of-choice." "Other chip vendors competing in the server systems market will feel pressure as a result of Digital's announcement of the 21064A microprocessor. The rapid pace of product introduction, coupled with significant performance enhancement, positions Alpha AXP chips well in this market," said Brad Day, principal analyst, Client/Server Systems, Dataquest, Inc.
The DECchip 21064A-225 and DECchip 21064A-275 microprocessors are targeted at the high performance Windows NT, server and high end desktop markets. These chips will enable PC OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to offer systems with two-to-three times the performance of Pentium-based systems at an equivalent price. According to Benjamin Tam, president, Darius Technology Ltd., a manufacturer of personal computers based on Alpha AXP microprocessors, "Digital and Alpha AXP microprocessors are proving to be true leaders in technology, not vaporware. With Microsoft's support of NT and intended release of Cairo, the future looks bright." The new 225 and 275 MHz chips are pin compatible with the existing family of DECchip 21064 products. "This allows our customers to substantially improve performance without the expense or time investment involved in a redesign of boards," said Digital's Art Swift, manager, Semiconductor Marketing and Sales. "In addition, we will continue to be aggressive with our pricing of these parts," Swift added. He noted that eighteen months after introducing the DECchip 21064 150 MHz microprocessor it is selling for $455 -- one-third of its introduction price.
The DECchip 21064A-225 microprocessor delivers estimated performance of 135 SPECint92 and 205 SPECfp92 in a typical desktop system. Samples will be available in December 1993, with volume quantities shipping in July 1994. The DECchip 21064A-275 micro-processor will be available in March with volume availability in the fall. In quantities of 5,000 the 225 MHz version of the DECchip 21064A microprocessor will be priced at $877 and the 275 MHz version will be priced at $1442. 0.50 Micron CMOS Manufacturing The 225 and 275 MHz versions of the DECchip 21064A microprocessors are the first members of Digital's Alpha AXP chip family to be manufactured in an advanced 0.50 micron, 3.3-volt, four layer metal CMOS process at fabrication facilities located in Hudson, Mass., and South Queensferry, Scotland. Other Alpha AXP microprocessors are currently manufactured in 0.68 micron CMOS in the same facilities. A new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which represents the most advanced technologies in the industry, will be open in Hudson in 1994 and will eventually manufacture Alpha AXP microprocessors and PCI peripheral chips down to 0.25 micron CMOS. Mitsubishi, the world's eighth largest semiconductor supplier, has announced that it will be the second source for Alpha AXP microprocessors. The Alpha AXP microprocessor family spans a wide range of application areas including the performance-focused markets served by the DECchip 21064 series. A low-cost/high-integration line of CPUs that includes the DECchip 21066-166 microprocessor targets the Windows NT desktop market, and the DECchip 21068-66 microprocessor focuses on the single-board-computer (SBC) market. Digital recently announced plans to design next-generation low power Alpha AXP chips at the Palo Alto, Calif., design center and at a satellite facility in Austin, Texas. Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open client/server solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems. Digital's Alpha AXP 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: AXP, Alpha AXP and DECchip are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. Windows NT is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. -0- 10/18/93 /CONTACT: Lisa Lipson, 508-568-4352 or Patricia McGloin, 508-568-5102, both of Digital Equipment/ (DEC)
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