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February 23, 1993

DEC AIMS NEW ALPHA AT PERSONAL COMPUTER, NT MARKET

By CBR Staff Writer

As well as the 150MHz Alpha AXP machines designed to run Microsoft Corp’s Windows NT, Digital Equipment Corp has begun developing a new line of Alpha microprocessors addressed specifically at the personal computer market, according to US PC Week. The chip family will include a low-cost part that will offer an interface to Intel Corp’s high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect local bus specification. The first EISA-based Alpha AXP personal computers, which include a minitower and a desktop, are expected to offer better price-performance than systems based on Intel’s Pentium processor – the superscalar Alpha executes 300 MIPS at 150MHz where Pentium is rated at over 100 MIPS. The paper reckons that a DEC AXP machine with 21064 CPU, a 512Kb secondary cache, six EISA slots, five drive bays and 16Mb to 128Mb memory will be $7,000 to $10,000. Entry-level Pentium machines, which could be used as servers, are expected to be under $6,000.

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