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The 6600 caused IBM to respond in two ways: to examine a new architecture, ASCC that was ultimately cancelled; and the pre-announcement of a computer that was yet to be designed and delivered in order to stop CDC from getting orders.
The technical fallout was enormous. Cocke worked on compilers that resulted in the RISC idea as previously stated. Trained engineers helped establish the computer industry in Silicon Valley. Amdahl Corporation was formed to make 360 plug-compatible computers. Custom chip design using the gate array or master slice concept resulted from the Amdahl design. Amdahl formed a partnership with Fujitsu corporation that enabled the Japanese to enter the plug-compatible computing business.