HP advances RISC chip line

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HP advances RISC chip line

Hewlett-Packard has announced a new version of its PA-RISC chip, one of at least four new generations HP will sell on its own while phasing in new high-end chips developed in tandem with Intel.

Running at 550MHz, the PA-RISC 8600 is due to appear in high-end systems during the first quarter of 2000.

The 8600 uses the same core as the current 8500, and employs the same supporting electronics so it can be dropped into existing 8500 systems.

HP also is developing the 8700, 8800, and 8900 versions of the Precision Architecture RISC line. According to a recent HP chip road map, the 8700 is scheduled to debut at about the same time as Intel’s second IA-64 chip, the “McKinley,” which is expected by the end of 2001. The 8700 is intended to run at a speed of 700MHz.

The 8800 is scheduled to debut at 900MHz near the time Intel’s third-generation “Madison” and “Deerfield” IA-64 chips arrive. The 8900 is expected to run at a speed of 1.2GHz.

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