Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , Seoul, S. Korea, has begun volume production
of a third-generation Alpha RISC
processor as part of its efforts to reduce
its dependency on memory chips and to
make further inroads into the
microprocessor market. Samsung said it
has set a target of $100 million in sales
next year for the Alpha product.
The South Korean chip giant said it has
begun shipping the new Alpha processor
to Compaq Computer Corp. of Houston. The
third-generation Alpha is capable of
processing data at twice the speed of the
second-generation RISC chip introduced
last year, according to Samsung. Earlier,
the company said its fastest 21264 Alpha
chips were running at 600-MHz.
In addition to higher data-processing
speeds, the third-generation Alpha
contains features for audio play back and
real-time video under Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows NT and other operating systems.
The new Alpha chip is aimed at the latest
high-performance PC servers and
workstations, according to Samsung.
Earlier this year, Samsung created a U.S.
joint venture with Compaq--called Alpha
Processor Inc. (API)--to help it expand
Alpha product offerings and revenue.
During December, Samsung said it expects
the Alpha processor offering to bring in
over $3 million in sales. Its target has
been set for $100 million in 1999 and $1.5
billion over the next five years.