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DIGITAL unveils the DIGITAL 2100 Alpha AXP server.

DIGITAL's 2100 Alpha AXP server was a single-pedestal, large capacity, secure computing system, supporting up to four processors, the industry-standard PCI bus and three operating systems; it met engineers' goals of price/performance leadership.

April - May:
DIGITAL ships OpenVMS/VAX V6.1 and OpenVMS/Alpha V6.1.

OpenVMS/VAX and OpenVMS/Alpha versions 6.1 supported the AlphaServer 2100, DEC 3000, DEC 7000 and VAX 7000. V6.1 featured PCSI Product installation utility, shadowing and RMS journaling for Alpha, DECamds bundled with operating system, CLUE crash dump utility, DPML standard maths library, C++ support, and DECnet/OSI extended node names.

OSF/1 V 3.0 ships.

OSF/1 V 3.0 featured symmetric multiprocessing, loadable drivers, streams based local area transport, a dataless model and the first wave of cluster capability. Here, Bob Palmer displays the UNIX spirit at a conference in New Hampshire in April 1994.

DIGITAL describes the 21164, its newest Alpha microprocessor.

This next generation of Alpha chip, the 21164, provided peak processing power of more than one billion instructions per second. The chip was the industry's first to operate at 300 MHz; performance was estimated at 500 SPECint92 and 600 transactions per second.

DIGITAL introduces the Celebris family of performance-oriented desktop PCs.

The Celebris line was tailored for business professionals who wanted a customized and more powerful computing environment that was easily and quickly adaptable to meet their advanced business applications needs including management reporting, financial analysis, accounting, market analysis and research, and desktop publishing.

DIGITAL introduces the Venturis family of desktop PCs for general business use.

The aggressively priced Venturis line was aimed at the volume purchaser in medium and large organizations. The Venturis line provided an optimum balance of graphics, disk subsystems and processors for basic office applications such as word processing, transaction processing, e-mail and communications.

The Network Systems Laboratory at DIGITAL built and deployed the State of California Election Server which delivered the first live election returns over the Internet during a state-wide election.

The California election site recorded over one million hits during a 24 hour period, a record at the time. For the first time, users including TV stations and newspapers were able to get live election returns via Internet feeds on down-to-the-wire races and ballot issues.

DIGITAL introduces the GIGAswitch/ATM.

With the introduction of the GIGAswitch/ATM system and the ATMworks 750 adapter, DIGITAL had the highest performance ATM products in the industry.

DIGITAL introduces the HiNote Ultra.

Only 1-inch thick and weighing less than four pounds, the HiNote Ultra was the first portable computer to combine light weight with desktop functionality. In addition to its elegant size, the HiNote Ultra featured built-in infrared for wireless transmission and business audio for sound effects.

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