Amdahl Corporation was an information technology company which specialized in IBM mainframe-compatible computer products, some of which were regarded as supercomputers competing with those from Cray Research.
|FactSnippet No. 538,493|
From its first machine in 1975, Amdahl Corporation's business was to provide mainframe computers that were plug-compatible with contemporary IBM mainframes, but offering higher reliability, running somewhat faster, and costing somewhat less.
|FactSnippet No. 538,494|
Amdahl Corporation engineers, working with Fujitsu circuit designers, developed unique, air-cooled chips which were based on high-speed emitter-coupled logic circuit macros.
|FactSnippet No. 538,496|
Amdahl Corporation pioneered a variable-speed feature - the '470 accelerator' - on the V5 and V7 systems that allowed the customer to run the CPUs at the higher level of performance of the V6 and V8 systems, respectively, when desired.
|FactSnippet No. 538,497|
Some at Amdahl Corporation thought this feature would anger customers, but it became quite popular as customer management could now control expenses while still having greater performance available when necessary.
|FactSnippet No. 538,498|
Gene Amdahl Corporation left the company he founded in August 1979 to start Trilogy Systems.
|FactSnippet No. 538,499|
Along the way, Amdahl Corporation came to believe that its best bet at competing with IBM head-to-head was to "bulk up, " in particular, executing a merger with a well-known vendor in the enterprise storage space.
|FactSnippet No. 538,500|
Amdahl Corporation first attempted a merger with one of the largest of these vendors, Memorex, in 1979.
|FactSnippet No. 538,501|
Amdahl Corporation perhaps enjoyed its best success during IBM's transition from bipolar to CMOS technology in the early to mid-1990s.
|FactSnippet No. 538,502|
Amdahl Corporation failed in its effort to introduce its ObjectStar software during this period and the product later became the object of a successful management buyout.
|FactSnippet No. 538,503|