Although Intel is required by its agreement with the FTC
to supply Compaq with Alpha chips, it's not exactly enthusiastic
about producing and marketing a competitor to Merced. Instead,
Compaq is looking to IBM and Samsung to build its Alpha chips
Indeed, IBM's process technology map appears more impressive
than Intel's, while Samsung is aggressively pushing the Alpha
to 0.18 micron. Interestingly, AMD has not yet closed its deal
to allow it to build clone Alpha processors.