November 11, 1996 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Introduces 500MHz Alpha 21164 Microprocessor

(SEOUL, Korea and SAN JOSE, Calif., United States) - Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd. today announced successful fabrication of the Alpha 21164 microprocessor. The parts are fullycompatible with Digital Equipment Corporation`s Alpha 21164 product family which is currently inproduction. Samsung will demo an Alpha NT workstation in their booth #L2412 at Fall COMDEX 1996. General sampling will begin in January `97 with speeds ranging from 366 MHz to 500MHz.

The 64-bit Alpha 21164 microprocessor is the first product coming out of the Digital/SamsungAlpha alliance agreement which was announced in June 1996. The agreement licensed Samsung as an alternate source manufacturer of current and future implementations of Digital`s high performance Alpha microprocessors. In addition, the agreement granted Samsung a license to market, sell and distribute Alpha microprocessors worldwide.

One of the industry`s leading manufacturers of electronic components and systems, Samsung is well equipped to deliver Alpha technology to the mainstream Windows NT market,` said Ed Caldwell, vice president, Digital Semiconductor. `The availability of the Alpha 21164 microprocessor from Samsung will help bring Alpha performance, Windows compatibility, and price/performance advantage to a great and growing number of PC power users.

The Alpha 21164 family delivers a compelling value proposition for Microsoft Windows NT-baseddesktop and server market segments by combining the highest native performance with seamlessWindows compatibility. Digital`s FX!32 translation software provides Alpha users the convenience ofrunning any off the shelf, shrink-wrapped x86 WIN32 applications.

Platform Environment
Multimedia content producers are demanding fast response times from high performance platformsto improve content creation efficiency. At the same time, today`s consumers are demanding a transition from static 2-D computing to the realism of 3-D graphics, surround sound and futll motion video.

The processor-independent Windows NT operating system in conjunction with the highestperformance Alpha processor, delivering peak execution rates of up to 2 BIPS, will help enable this new multimedia, content-rich world of visual, commented D. J. Chin, Executive Vice President andGeneral Manager at Samsung.

Alpha, The Performance Leader
The high-end Alpha 21164-500 delivers an estimated 15.4 SPECint95 and 21.1 SPECfp95, while thelow-end Alpha 21164-366 delivers an estimated 11.3 SPECint95 and 15.4 SPECfp95, making them the industry`s highest performance microprocessors for both integer and floating point applications.Applications such as video conferencing, 3-D modeling, CAD, video editing, multimedia authoring,image rendering and animation will see a significant boost in performance when run on Alpha 21164processor-based systems. Furthermore, the high performance Alpha 21164 products have host baseddigital video disk(DVD) playback capability. This capability can lead to significant saving in the system price of DVD enabled desktops since the Alpha eliminates the need for an expensive accelerator add-in card.

Complete Windows Compatibility
Windows compatibility is assured through Alpha`s unique Digital FX!32 translation technology. Digital FX!32 will allow transparent access to all x86 32-bit Windows appellations and will enable them to run seamlessly on Alpha platforms at performances compatible to or higher than the x86 platform. The Digital FX!32 is available free of charge to all Alpha users. Support is provided through the Insignia emulator solution resident within Windows NT.

Alpha system users will be able to unleash the full power of this product family and realizeunsurpassed performance when using the vast and growing library of native Windows NT applications. More than 1600 Alpha native Win32 applications have already been ported, with another 1000 ports underway. A wide range orf natively ported software, which can take advantage of the full performance attributes of the Alpha 21164 family of products, is available for server, personal productivity, electronic publishing, Internet client/server and multimedia content creation applications.

Popular server applications available include Microsoft`s BackOffice, Lotus Notes, CA-Unicenter, SAP and Oracle. Engineering and content creation applications such as AutoCAD, ProEngineer, 3D Studios, Lightwave, Softimage and Elastic Reality are also available. Coverage in the personal productivity area include popular titles such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Netscape Navigator.

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