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All this year, we have reported that IBM will make copper Alphas for Compaq. Even at Eckhard Pfeiffer's valedictory London showing at the Landmark Hotel, the story still had four legs. But the denials of the European director of Compaq's Alpha corporation earlier this week that it had copper samples from IBM may be just that. Denials. Sources close to the Big Q said today that it had received samples from IBM, which are in the Compaq Houston campus as we speak. That flies in the face of Richard George, Alpha marketing director of Europe, who said earlier this week no such thing existed. The engineers who reported this to The Register said they were still evaluating such samples. IBM had no comment at press time. And as we went to press on this story, more details of the EV67 bus came to light, including benchmarks. The 21264A on the EV67 bus clocks at 666MHz, has a SPECint95 of 37.5 and a SPECfp95 of 65.5. That compares to the 21264 EV6 at 500, 26.9, and 52.2 respectively. Out of order execution, wethinks... ®

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