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
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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