Compaq, Intel buddy up

Compaq will work closely with Intel on server technologies based on future 64-bit IA-64 processors, starting with Intel's first 64-bit processor called Merced.

Compaq Computer (CPQ) will work closely with Intel(INTC) on server technologies based on future 64-bit IA-64 processors, starting with Intel's first 64-bit processor called Merced.

Compaq expects to be a "leading supplier of Merced processor-based systems" and expects to ship systems with Intel's first Merced processor production, the company said.

The Merced will result in systems "ideal for running large enterprise database, data warehouse, workstation, and Internet/intranet applications," said John T. Rose, senior vice president and group general manager of Compaq's enterprise computing group.

This will include high-performance system architectures built around clustered systems called Compaq Server Arrays, the company said.

"This includes taking advantage of the advanced capabilities of the Merced architecture, which will provide added scalability for clusters of Compaq servers running Microsoft Windows NT in a distributed enterprise," Compaq said.

Together with Intel, Compaq will conduct extensive systems testing and integration "to help ensure a compatible growth path" to the IA-64 architecture with Pentium and Pentium Pro processor-based systems running today's 32-bit operating systems.

Compaq and Intel are also working together on other server and workstation technologies and management applications.

Work includes engineering and market development for technologies such as Hot Plug PCI(a), I2O (a proposed new industry-standard for input/output technologies), clustering technology, and Web-based enterprise management, Compaq said.

Also, Compaq will be working with enterprise software and operating system vendors including Baan, Oracle, and SAP to ensure applications are "integrated and optimized for Compaq platforms using the Merced processor."

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