Because only a matter of days separated the ceding of Alpha technology to Intel and the beginning of merger discussions between Compaq and HP, this raises some highly uncomfortable questions - questions we hope that customers, shareholders and regulatory authorities will not neglect to ask.Of course, the sale of the Alpha unit to Intel eliminated a formidable competitor to the Itanium chips, which were co-developed by Intel and HP. It is difficult to believeand Mike sets this up better than I canthat the two deals came so close together, yet were entirely unconnected.
So what if they were connected? I really don't know. Certainly somewhere along the line there was some deception on the part of the prinicipals involved, especially at Compaq. Did anyone break the law? I can't say, but that seems like a very legitmate question to be asking right about now.