June 17, 1998 in Social Responsibility News

Alpha Processor, Inc. Debuts to Drive 64-Bit Alpha In High-Volume NT Markets

NEW YORK, June 16, 1998 - The formation of Alpha Processor, Inc. (API) as an independent company dedicated to the marketing and technical support of the Alpha microprocessor architecture, was announced here by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Compaq Computer Corp. and Microsoft Corp. announced their full support for the mission and strategy of the new company.

The new company, dedicated to the promotion and development of the Alpha architecture, assures Alpha`s continuing success in the Windows NT market. Compaq`s commitment to build Alpha-based systems, and Microsoft`s plans to provide complete operating system and development support for Alpha at parity with any other microprocessor provides a strong foundation for the company`s success.

Boston-based Alpha Processor, Inc., a subsidiary of SEC, recruited experienced talent from Samsung, Digital Semiconductor and other firms. The venture is a fabless U.S. startup with the charter of driving the Alpha processor into the 64-bit Windows NT market. - more -

`Although a new company, Alpha Processor, Inc. benefits from world-class technology, performance leadership and volume manufacturing and distribution resources,` said Dr. Daeje Chin, executive vice president and CEO of Samsung Electronics` System LSI Group and API`s new CEO. `Alpha is the only commercially available processor capable of breaking the one GigaHertz barrier. Our relationship with Compaq ensures expertise in volume channel marketing; through Microsoft, we can deliver Windows NT compatibility. Together we will drive the high-volume enterprise market.`
`With the 64-bit capabilities included in Windows NT 5.0, Microsoft will deliver solutions such as Very Large Memory that will provide unique performance advantages to customers using the Alpha platform,` said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of personal and business systems group at Microsoft. `Alpha continues to lead the way in 64-bit computing. We will continue to provide native sutpport for Alpha in all versions of our server software and development tool software, giving customers a powerful, scalable architecture for delivering enterprise-ready solutions. With the inclusion of translation technology in NT 5.0, Microsoft will ensure that Alpha is capable of running all existing Windows-based applications.`

`Compaq`s commitment to open standards, established channel support and strong brand recognition, will help play a key role in the evolution of the 64-bit Alpha platform into an industry-standard high-volume solution,` said John Rose, senior vice president and group general manager, enterprise computing group, Compaq Computer Corporation.

`Alpha represents an extension to Compaq`s expansive Intel-based solutions, enhancing our offerings to deliver powerful 64-bit solutions today.
Alpha`s performance, scalability and availability will enable Compaq to be the leading vendor supporting the 64-bit capabilities of Windows NT 5.0 when it becomes available,` continued Rose.

`Alpha Processor, Inc. enters this exciting, fast-growth market with customer-tested leading-edge products, seasoned executives and support from industry leaders, Compaq and Microsoft and Samsung,` said Chin.
About Alpha Processor, Inc.
Alpha Processor, Inc., markets and sells the world`s fastest commercially available 64-bit microprocessors. Engineered by Compaq Computer and manufactured in volume by Samsung Electronics Co.Ltd , Alpha microprocessors are based on an open industry standard architecture and are the only 64-bit Windows NT solutions on the market today. The company is headquartered in greater Boston Massachusetts and is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

All names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

For Information, Contact:
Susan Cain
Cain Communications, Inc.
Tel: 408.341.8979
E-mail: susan-cain@caincomm.com


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