Alpha Processor, also known as Alpha APX is a 64-bit powerful RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) Processor developed by Digital Equipments Corporation (DEC) in 1992. It was designed with the purpose to replace the 32-bit CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) based VAX processors. The first ever Alpha processor named ‘Alpha 21064’ was the most powerful processor of that time.
Initially, these processors were employed on various DEC workstations and Servers, later some third party vendors also produced Alpha processor based systems. The Operating Systems that supported Alpha were Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux (Debian, Gentoo & Red Hat), etc. In 1998, the Alpha technology was sold to ‘Compaq’ which further sold it to Intel in 2001, eventually ending the product.
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