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Subject: not quite
Name: ludicrous
Date: 6/26/2001 5:21:46 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Intel buys Alpha posted by Stimp

current Athlon uses EV6, yes, but Hammer and later are using AMD's NUMA bus architecture, which is based on AMD's Lightning Data Transport.

Also, Intel isn't buying Alpha outright, they're licensing the technology and hiring most of the engineers. Compaq still "owns" the technology for whatever that's worth.

However some of those engineers could very well get ticked and decide to go elsewhere, it has happened before.

It's not likely that Intel will incorporate much Alpha hardware technology into its own plans, it has dumped WAY too much money into IA-64 and is generally adverse to any standards not its own -- remember how PC-133 was fought until market forces nailed i820's coffin shut?

More than anything, Intel gets OS ports from Compaq (True64 UNIX will be ported to IA-64) and compiler optimization expertise, which is exactly what benefits IA-64 the most.

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