> what "Intel killed the Alpha" means
Alpha ceased to be developed.
> Alphas are available now (e.g., Compaq ES-47)
Expensive, limited, substandard. In other words, not developed neither as technology nor as a platform.
> the Alpha technology is planned to be integrated into the Itanium
Processor architecture is not like Lego where you can mix and match. The Itanium and Alpha architectures are fundamentally different and philosophically opposed. Some Alpha tricks may be incorporated into Itanium, but it will never see the potential Alpha had, and POWER still has but with a different focus. Some argue that nothing has the potential Alpha had.
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