Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jun 2005 12:27 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There are increasing rumors that Alpha might be brought back to life. The Inq sets the big 'if' aside and explores the possiblities: "What if there really is a will to get Alpha back into the changed market? What sort of chip would it have to be to have that good chance of success, if any?"
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Re:Omega CPU - Alpha like clone was approved
by JJ on Fri 1st Jul 2005 13:19 UTC

This is what I like about, they will approve almost anything. Where on the page is there a permission statement from Intel, HP or Compaq?

They allowed nnArm for a few days before pulling that.

Remember Lexra (MIPs ISA clone), picoChips (ARM ISA clone), those guys had serious VC and businesses for several years and customers for their unlicensed clones, but they were eventually taken down.

An Alpha clone will be lucky to get 40MHz, but an Alpha inspired design might get much closer to 80MHz about what FPGAs can do for simple 64b datapath.

Anyway good luck to you, you will learn alot along the way.