Compaq to Acquire Digital for $9.6 Billion

Compaq Computer Corp. (Houston, Tex.) announced Jan. 26 that it will acquire Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC, Maynard, Mass.). This would be the largest computer industry acquisition ever—$9.6 billion—and would create the second largest computing company globally.

02/01/1998


Compaq Computer Corp. (Houston, Tex.) announced Jan. 26 that it will acquire Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC, Maynard, Mass.). This would be the largest computer industry acquisition ever—$9.6 billion—and would create the second largest computing company globally. DEC would operate as subsidiary of Compaq. The move increases Digital's reach, service, and support channels. Manufacturers use 64-bit Alpha servers, OpenVMS, Digital UNIX, and Window NT Enterprise systems, as well as Digital VAX and PDP-11s in many settings. Compaq says it's the largest supplier of personal computers and a major supplier of servers. In 1997 Compaq acquired Tandem Computers; Compaq was founded in 1985 by three former employees of Texas Instruments.





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