> > I doubt Alpha has anywhere near critical mass for Intel to justify keeping
> > it around. You should know more than anyone Joe that Intel is *VERY* Wall
> > Street driven and divisions that don't earn enough are quickly cut.
> > Good thing Steve J and Andy Grove are buddies, since Intel also got the
> > rights to the Strong ARM chip.
> Okay, I was going to sit this one out, but I feel compelled to throw my
> two cents in anyways, please forgive me....
greg glad you joined.
> Intel is going to take a bath on their Alpha manufacturing plant.
> Samsung is ready to ship 700MHz next generation alphas using .25 micron
> as opposed to Intel's Alpha manufacturing at .35 microns. DEC
> was lucky to be able to get rid of that division at any price,
> and I can only assume that they are laughing all the way to
> the bank.
> The 700MHz chip is spec-wise twice as fast as the 533MHz.
> Mmmmmm, fast chips, mmmmmm.
> The Alpha race could have an impact on
> Samsung's hopes to build up its microprocessor
> business base, if it can gain a lead on Intel while it
> is busy taking over the Digital fab in Hudson,
> Mass. Intel will re-tool the Digital fab with 0.25
> micron equipment, once the U.S. government
> approves the deal, said Craig Barrett, Intel's
> However that could take three to six months, and
> Samsung's Park estimates it will take Intel at least
> another six months to revamp and qualify the fab
> for 0.25-micron processing. And Park said
> Samsung plans to keep well ahead of Intel by
> moving as fast as possible to a 0.18-micron
> process that will provide even faster chips.
and who is going to buy these? All Andy Grove has to do is call Gates and
say, 'oh Bill, it looks like we're shutting down the Alpha division to
concentrate on Merced. Why don't you save yourself some $$ and forget about
NT support on Alpha..."
Remember this is computers, the best doesn't mean you win.
Give me back my bullets, put 'em back where they belong. ...Lynard Skynard
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