Intel acquires Alpha processor technology
After initial rumors, Intel has now officially announced the takeover of the alpha processor design including the design team from the server supplier Compaq.
The multi-sided contract stipulated that Compaq would exclusively use Intel's 64-bit processor architecture in their servers from 2004 onwards, of which the Itanium is currently the representative. Compaq will finish the Alpha processor (EV7), which has already been announced for some time, at the end of next year, but Compaq will no longer attack its successor, the EV8 with Simultaneous Multithreading Technology, which is seen by many as a superior technology to Intel's architecture be taken. However, since according to the contract, Intel is equipping several hundred engineers, software developers and infrastructure specialists, or these are being handed over to Intel, it looks like they will work together on the further development of parallel technologies for high-end servers . How expensive this deal and thus the consolidation of its own 64-bit architecture (IA-64) on the market for Intel was, was not disclosed.