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Sequent, Digital Will Team Up to Produce 64-Bit Unix Version

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BEAVERTON, Ore.--Sequent Computer Systems here has announced that it will team up with Digital Equipment--a major hardware supplier in the bioinformatics market--to produce a new 64-bit version of the Unix operating system. The decision is seen as one of several likely moves to consolidate Unix versions that are expected to occur prior to the upcoming release of the next generation of Intel processor. Sequent had previously been in talks with Sun Microsystems about a collaboration, but ultimately chose Digital because of concerns about performance with Intel's upcoming 64-bit Merced chip, due out next year.

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