DIGITAL Equipment Corp has taken a dramatic step towards its goal of complete x86 application compatibility on Alpha systems with the introduction of an advanced software translation and emulation technology called FX!32. Combining software emulation methods with advanced binary translation technology, Digital's FX!32 technology takes advantage of Alpha's architectural features, native Alpha runtime libraries, and operating system primitives to enable native x86 32-bit applications to run with high performance on Alpha systems. 'Our vision is to provide Alpha users with the same suite of Windows applications that run on x86 systems,' said Ed Caldwell, vice-president of Digital Semiconductor. 'Transparent access to 32-bit Windows applications will be accomplished via FX!32 for 32-bit native x86 applications, as well as through our broad portfolio of native Windows NT applications. 'All 16-bit applications will be accessible through Insignia Solutions' SoftWindows product. 'The result will be that in 1996 Alpha system users will be able to access all their Windows applications as if they were using an x86 system. 'For Win32 applications, performance will be comparable or better than on x86 systems,' he said.