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March 14, 1988

DEC TO MOVE ON TO NEW ARCHITECTURE

By CBR Staff Writer

Gossip that DEC had decided that the VAX architecture was beginning to run out of steam and that it would have to move on to a new architecture over time was first reported here last May (CI No 688), and it is getting more insistent: the Prism RISC project (CI No 568) is seen as the foundation of the new architecture and on the software side, it is suggested that DEC is working on a new operating system for Prism code-named Emerald, that will include features of the Ultrix Unixalike as well as VMS, run VMS in a compatibility mode – rather better, one hopes, than the VAX ran PDP-11 code – and have a new native mode; the new family, expected to start to emerge around the turn of the decade, is expected to include 64-as well as 32-bit RISC processors; in May last year, January 1989 was seen as the target date for launch of the new family.

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