Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) ramped up its Alpha family with a new 600MHz version of the 21164 for NT workstations and servers, out in June.
Available in sample quantities now, and as fully-supported systems "in the very near future", the Alpha 21164-600MHz operates at 2.4 billion instructions per second (BIPS). Digital claims 18.0 SPECint95 and 27.0 SPECfp95 for the new systems, topping the range both for RISC and CISC processors.
The company accompanied the announcement of the 600MHz system with a new ATX-form-factor motherboard, the AlphaPC 164LX. Targeted at OEMs, it is the base component of Alpha workstations and servers.
Digital anticipates it being used in high-performance NT applications like visual computing, computer-aided design, financial analysis and as Internet servers. The 164LX board will ship during the summer months.
Tim Miller, Digital Semiconductor's strategic marketing manager for Alpha products, commented : ?Reaching 600MHz demonstrates the performance leadership built into the Alpha architecture.? He added, ?Digital offers the top-performing microprocessor, the Alpha 21164-600MHz, for servers and workstations - and the best price and performance in the Windows NT desktop market with the Alpha 21164PC chip."
The 21164's floating point performance lets it handle the algorithms required for graphics and motion video, taking the systems firmly into the visual applications arena, including videoconferencing, modeling, editing, multimedia authoring, image rendering and animation.
The 164LX motherboard accommodates 21164 microprocessors, 400MHz to 600MHz, and it supports 2Mb of synchronous SRAM, level 3 cache memory over a 128-bit data path. Four PCI slots - two 32-bit, two 64-bit - and two ISA expansion slots are included. Windows NT ARC firmware supports installation of Windows NT 4.0 software.
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