An internal document from Compaq has revealed its strategy on 8-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), while a source close to the company confirmed Deschutes Slot 2 is now delayed.
That follows a decision by competitor Data General last week to adopt a design by Axil for the platform. DG?s decision follows an earlier statement from Hewlett Packard that it will use Axil?s technology too.
Axil is a subsidiary of Korean chaebol (conglomerate) Hyundai, which makes cars and DRAM too.
The whole area has shown signs of muddle since the beginning of the year and has been dogged by a lack of Pentium Pro chips.
But now the Compaq document shows that it is betting its money on Corollary?s Profusion architecture. Earlier this autumn, Corollary was bought by chip giant Intel.
The document from Compaq to its customers states that the next technology curve will come with the Intel Deschutes platform.
It says: ?Compaq carefully evaluated the options for an 8-way SMP server and has joined with Corollary to develop an optimum solution.?
It continues: ?The Deschutes Slot 2 processor by Intel will yield a balanced high performance system for the future. Intel?s recent announcement of the acquisition...further ensures that the architecture will become the industry standard for 8-way servers.?
But last week, a source close to Intel said that various errata in the design of Deschutes meant that when it introduced it in April, it would only have one processor running.?
That, while proving embarassing for Compaq, could cause problems for Intel too. An insider at Compaq today told Newswire the reports were correct.
He said: ?Intel is telling us that four way and eight way capability are now unlikely to arrive until the middle of 1998.?
Compaq has always staked its SMP server technology on Intel technology but has found itself left behind by competition from Unisys, DG, ALR-Gateway and others.
Nevertheless, the leaked document from Compaq shows that the number one worldwide PC vendor is still betting on Intel technology.
The document says: ?With an 8-way architecture, there are three compelling reasons to uyse the Deschutes/Slot 2 processor rather than the Pentium Pro or the Pentium II.?
That, it continues, includes faster 100MHz bus support, higher internal core frequency and a larger level 2 cache size.
Intel was not prepared to comment on what are, for it, unannounced products. But it has admitted it is unable to supply enough quantities of Pentium Pro 1Mb chips, as previously reported.
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