Digital's new Alpha chip clocks in at 600MHz

Digital Equipment Corp. has introduced a 600MHz version of its Alpha 21164 microprocessor for workstations and servers.

Digital Equipment Corp. has introduced a 600MHz version of its Alpha 21164 microprocessor for workstations and servers.

Samples of the Alpha 21164-600MHz chip, which has a peak execution rate of 2.4 billion instructions per second (BIPS), are now available.

Also introduced yesterday was the AlphaPC 164LX motherboard, which targets manufacturers of Alpha workstations and servers using Alpha 21164 chips operating at speeds of 400MHz to 600MHz. It supports 2Mb of synchronous SRAM level 3 cache memory over a 128-bit data path and has four PCI slots (two 32-bit, two 64-bit) and two ISA expansion slots. Also included is Windows NT ARC firmware that supports installation of Windows NT 4.0 software.

Digital, in Maynard, Massachusetts, can be contacted on the Web at http://www.dec.com/.

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