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The departure of Eckhard Pfeiffer as CEO of Compaq two weeks ago could spell a sea change in the company's chip strategy. Pfeiffer, a long-time fan of Alpha technology, promoted the platform vigorously during his reign at Compaq. But strife between two networking divisions -- one from the old Digital guard and the other from the old Compaq guard -- helped cause his downfall. (See story: Deep schisms mar Compaq's 64-bit plans) According to an ex-Compaq employee, both divisions, which still exist, were competing with each other to sell Intel vs Alpha enterprise boxes. Now the questions which dogged Pfeiffer after he master-minded the takeover of Digital have started to re-appear. The management at Compaq want to repair the rifts between it and Intel, we understand. ®

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