Compaq is quietly repositioning its Alpha chip family for midrange to high-end workstations and servers.
Sm@rt Reseller has learned that several resellers of the Alpha-based systems chip have halted sales of related products, citing Alpha’s inability to compete effectively with Intel architecture chips.
Enorex Microsystems Inc., a prominent maker of sub-$2,000 NT/Alpha workstations, has halted sales indefinitely. DeskStation Technology Inc. has exited the Alpha workstation and server market. Laments DeskStation president Don Peterson, “I just couldn’t make a business case for selling Alpha systems anymore.”
Alpha, with 5 percent of the workstation and server market, badly trails Intel which enjoys a 95 percent share. Remaining NT/Alpha clone makers – including Aspen Systems Inc., Carrera Computers Inc. and Polywell Computers Inc. – are branching out into the emerging Linux/Alpha market to supplement sales.
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