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Not waiting for the official Alpha launch on November 10, Digital Equipment Corp had Jensen, its Alpha AXP personal computer prototype, out at NetWorld in Dallas last week. Microsoft Corp’s hiccup with Windows NT has caused DEC to stumble: it can’t release Jensen until NT is out, setting its schedules back. So the machine is still only a technology demonstration. What the DECcies say they have is a 150MHz chip with a big enough heat sink (palm-sized) that it doesn’t need a fan to dissipate Alpha’s heat. Jensen will be packaged in a standard tower version of DEC’s 80486-based Intel Corp box. DEC’s demonstration model used 256Mb CPU and 852Mb disk, and it says it had it running with 4Gb disk in the labs. It’s got an EISA bus and CD-ROM. Jensen is to run Silicon Graphics Inc’s libraries and will eventually run both OSF/1 and OpenVMS running in Seattle.

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