DEC/Compaq/HP Alpha in the Retirement Home




Hewlett-Packard in January plans to release the last major update to its Alpha chip, the EV7, paving the way for the retirement of the storied high-end processor.

An updated version of that chip, the EV79 will follow about 12 months later, HP executives said at a meeting this week with financial analysts. At that point, HP plans to shift Alpha into what it calls “maintenance mode,” a move that will save the company hundreds of millions of dollars.