The third generation of Digital's Alpha 64-bit microprocessor will break the gigahertz speed barrier by the year 2000, say company sources. Performance of the Alpha 21264 family is expected to begin at an estimated 40 SPECint95 and 60 SPECfp95 and reach more than 100 SPECint95 and 150 SPECfp95 in the next couple of years. The 21264 instructions include Motion Video Instructions (MVI) to enhance visual computing and multimedia performance through improved motion estimation in software. High-performance servers and workstations based on the first family member should be available this summer. Digital Equipment Corp.: Product Code 4274
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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