Digital is going to grant Samsung Electronics a licence to develop the chip's architecture.
Samsung will start a subsidiary to market and sell Alpha microprocessors, Digital announced. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Digital said the deal would permit Samsung to make its own versions of Alpha chips for specific markets. Digital will oversee the architectural process and work on future Alpha designs.
Digital recently introduced the Alpha 21264, a new line of 64-bit chips which the company predicts will surpass 1000MHz clock speed within two years. That announcement came after Compaq unleashed speculation it will either fully support Alpha and use the chips in high-end servers, or phase out their manufacture in lieu of Intel's 64-bit chip, code-named Merced.
Digital and Samsung have had a partnership based on the Alpha architecture. Samsung Semiconductor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, said it will focus on increasing the chip's processing speeds and supporting more applications.www.digital.comwww.samsung.com