A battle royal is set to break out between IBM and Amdahl as both claim each has the best technology to take them through the millenium. Fujitsu owns Amdahl and most of ICL-Fujitsu.
Amdahl will use Fujitsu chips, which it claims is faster than Big Blue?s in the present world, with previous clients ready to sign up for Amdahl kit yet again.
Later today, IBM will fight back against Amdahl?s pre-emptive strike by introducing its plans for the G4 mainframe family. The S/390 G4 family, according to today?s Wall Street Journal, will be announced later today and include fast Cmos (complementary metal oxide substrate), built at their own fabs.
But Alan Bell, VP and general manager of European operations, said: ?We believe our roadmap is ahead of IBM. They?ve beefed up their present product and that?s why they?re making the announcement.?
That may not be enough for IBM to make corporate customers buy its products, said Bell. ?We?ve announced migration to buy the millenium now,? he said. Customers who had abandoned Amdahl in favour of Farallon products introduced in 1992 were not necessarily opposed to the 150MHz Cmos Fujitsu technology it had on plan up to the year 2000, he said.
?We?ve been competing with IBM for the last 25 years and we will be doing so for the next 25,? Bell said. ?We?ve laid down a roadmap because customers want a predictable portfolio. Our commitment to the 390 market is a going market.?
IBM, on the other hand, Bell claimed, make their own Cmos chips but have little chance of building enough volume to satisfy the G4 demand.
No-one at IBM was available to comment on its plans, expected to be revealed later today. Senior analysts, too, were holding fire on commenting publicly.
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