Compaq and Ericsson partner up

Ericsson and Compaq Computer have formed a strategic partnership to jointly develop and build advanced switching computers for Ericsson’s AXE-based next-generation wireless and wireline networks. These switches, which are the computers at the heart of telephone networks, will incorporate Compaq’s AlphaServer and Tru64 UNIX technology.

The partnership expands an a relationship between the two companies in which Compaq provides Ericsson with a broad range of products and services, including desktops and high-end network systems as well as professional services. The initial phase of today’s milestone agreement spans four years.

The new Ericsson switches will meet the requirements of CompactPCI (cPCI), a fast-growing platform architecture that delivers the advantages of standards-based servers: high performance, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and configurability.

Compaq’s cPCI platforms are based on Alpha technology and are available as fully integrated systems, including storage and communications-specific components. These cPCI products are supported worldwide with Compaq integration assistance and professional services and support.

In addition, the Alpha platforms Compaq delivers to Ericsson will be compliant with NEBS Level 3 specifications for housing switching equipment in central office installations.

Compaq is now shipping prototype systems, and will begin volume production in 2001.

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