Samsung is considering changing the way it uses Digital Equipment?s Alpha chip and may even stop manufacturing it completely, according to US sources.
Senior Samsung officials admit Alpha has a limited market at present, sources claimed, and would not discuss the future of Samsung?s involvement with the chip.
The sources said the company may opt to use the 64-bit chip only in high end workstations, preferring to base mass market, low end hardware on other processors that it manufactures such as ARM or Pico Java, which Samsung can build under license from Sun Microsystems.
One observer said Samsung is trying to develop a cut down version of Alpha, which would be far cheaper, for use in PCs made by its subsidiary, AST Research.
The company is set to be part of Digital?s 'Powered by Alpha' advertising campaign this winter, along with Mitsubishi.
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