Dec: New Chip, New Partner. New Ball Game?

With Alpha, DEC could stand out in a sea of RISC microprocessors

Since last summer, Digital Equipment Corp. has scoured the globe for a chipmaker to produce the ultra-fast Alpha microprocessor that is supposed to power its next generation of computers and revive its sagging fortunes. DEC was late to market, and the biggest manufacturers already were working with its rivals. It desperately needed a big name to prove the chip's potential. And on Mar. 16, DEC finally snared the best still available, Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

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