SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. here announced it 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 revenues.
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.