Boston--Samsung Electronics Co. has formed a new company to market and offer technical support for the Alpha microprocessor. Alpha Processor Inc. (API) will develop the Alpha architecture and aims to drive the processor into the 64-bit Windows NT PC market.
Engineered by Compaq Computer and manufactured by Samsung, the Alpha microprocessor is the only 64-bit chip compatible with Windows NT that is available today. Intel's 64-bit Merced processor is scheduled for release in 2000.
API will hire Alpha specialists from Digital Corp., which merged with Compaq. They will help engineers develop Alpha software and help chipmakers optimize and customize the processor for various applications.
Compaq--the largest Alpha user--offers Alpha workstations and PC servers and says it is committed to continuing to design Alpha systems. Microsoft has announced that it plans to provide complete operating-system--including its next-generation Windows NT 5.0--and development support for Alpha.