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DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES ALPHA AXP CHIP DESIGN CENTER FOR THE MOBILE COMPUTING MARKET; RICH WITEK REJOINS DIGITAL

 MAYNARD, Mass., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced plans to open an Alpha AXP Microprocessor Design Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and a satellite center in Austin, Texas, as part of its market initiative to design microprocessors and systems for the mobile and wireless computing markets. Digital also announced that Rich Witek, a principal designer of the Alpha AXP architecture and co-architect of the first Alpha AXP chip, has rejoined Digital.
 Digital's Palo Alto Design Center in California will spearhead the company's efforts for the design and development of low power, low cost Alpha AXP microprocessors and systems for the mobile and wireless computing markets. As part of this plan, Digital is forging alliances with industry leaders in mobile computing.
 "This initiative demonstrates our ongoing commitment to establish the Alpha AXP architecture as an open market standard," said Ed Caldwell, vice president of Digital's Semiconductor Operations. "With this program, we will expand the Alpha AXP microprocessor family from the embedded, desktop, and server markets to the emerging mobile market."
 "By joining the microprocessor and system design efforts and forming alliances with key players in the mobile market, Digital will be able to deliver the performance of the Alpha AXP architecture at high volume, mobile market prices," Caldwell added.
 The design team, which will begin its work in September in both Palo Alto and Austin, will be led by Dan Dobberpuhl. Dobberpuhl was the project leader for the first Alpha AXP microprocessor. Rich Witek will lead the design team in the Austin satellite office and will focus on mobile system design. "I'm enthusiastic about bringing the performance of the Alpha AXP architecture to the mobile and wireless computing markets," Witek said.
 Witek's prior experience at Digital includes work on DECnet network architecture, MicroVAX chips, and a variety of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) projects, including serving as a principal architect of the first Alpha AXP microprocessor, the world's fastest commercially available chip. He rejoins Digital after 15 months at Apple Computer's Somerset chip design center.
 Digital manufactures its current Alpha AXP microprocessors in its fabrication facilities located in Hudson, Mass., and South Queensferry, Scotland. A new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which represents the most advanced technologies in the industry, will be opened in Hudson in 1994. Mitsubishi, the world's 8th largest semicondcutor supplier, is the second source for Alpha AXP microprocessors.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions -- from desktop to data center -- in open information environments.
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