IBM Corp and Ing C Olivetti & Co were Intel Corp’s main surprises at the launch of its 80860 RISC processor at Uniforum in early March, and Stratus Computer Inc raised a few last month with its decision to change from the Motorola 88000 to the new chip – but a host of other companies […]
IBM Corp and Ing C Olivetti & Co were Intel Corp’s main surprises at the launch of its 80860 RISC processor at Uniforum in early March, and Stratus Computer Inc raised a few last month with its decision to change from the Motorola 88000 to the new chip – but a host of other companies are also queueing to jump on the bandwaggon. Following the introduction of its 64-bit attached RISC processor slot in board – claimed to turn Sun Microsystems workstations into personal supercomputers and based on Weitek Corp’s XL8064 chip set – Mercury Computer Systems Inc, Lowell, Massachasetts, has now opted for the 80860 as the basis for its next generation of board products, the Mercury Computer Extended Family – or MCxF. Maker of specialist graphics systems, Megatek Corp, San Diego, California, has decided to join the pack as well. The 80860 will be used in its next generation of products, because it says, the chip provides all the throughput speed needed for graphics applications – in one device. Megatek is currently building systems using Sun Microsystems’ Motorola and SPARC-based workstatoins as a base. Kontron Elektronik GmbH, Munich, West Germany, is to include Intel’s RISC slayer in its line of KLA/2 logic analysers and KSE5 in-circuit emulators. The KSE5 has trigger and event logic to catch complicated bugs on source and machine level and tag memory. The KLA/2 line, with a sampling range of up to 2GHz, will be developed to include support for the 80860. In addition the firm has an AT-compatible processor board based on the part. It has 8Mb memory, is claimed to do 32MHz and beyond, and will be sold as an upgrade to Kontron’s existing workstations: multiple 80860 boards will form the basis of a new family of imaging and graphics workstations. On the system software side, Green Hills Software, Glendale, California – recently merged with Oasys – is now shipping Fortran and C compilers for the 80860 – developed under contract for Intel over the last year. Using a 40MHz version of the chip, the Green Hills compilers are claimed to do 83,000 Dhrystones and 24,000 double precision MWhetstones running under Unix V.3. And finally, Pacific-Sierra Research Corp, Los Angeles, California, has introduced a program optimiser for 80860 based systems. VAST-2/i860 incorprates vector primitive routines to take advantage of the 80860’s pipelined features and vector capabilities. Other C and Pascal compilers for the chip are under development by MetaWare, based in Santa Cruz, California.