All-purpose chip breaks world speed record

Geake, E.
March 1992
New Scientist;3/7/92, Vol. 133 Issue 1811, p23
Reveals that a new all-purpose computer chip known as Alpha and made by Digital Equipment Corporation has set the record for the world's fastest chip. It's twice the speed or better than the present fastest; It can cope with numbers that are twice as long as today's chips handle; Alpha chip is intended for any size computer.


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