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Brief Introduction to Alpha Systems and Processors

Neal Crook, Digital Equipment (Editor: David Mosberger)

V0.11, 6 June 1997
This document is a brief overview of existing Alpha CPUs, chipsets and systems. It has something of a hardware bias, reflecting my own area of expertese. Although I am an employee of Digital Equipment Corporation, this is not an official statement by Digital and any opinions expressed are mine and not Digital's.

1. What is Alpha

2. What is Digital Semiconductor

3. Alpha CPUs

4. 21064 performance vs 21066 performance

5. A Few Notes On Clocking

6. The chip-sets

7. The Systems

8. Bytes and all that stuff

9. PALcode and all that stuff

10. Porting

11. More Information

12. References


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