Intel is putting its Open Runtime Platform (ORP) into the open source community to be used as a research platform for ebusiness application development.
Analysts said the move will increase the tools available that can create powerful non-proprietary technologies.
Intel said ORP gives programmers "building blocks" to develop ebusiness applications attuned to running on systems from the largest servers, where system memory and management are paramount, to a handheld, where responsiveness is most important.
The idea is to enable researchers to quickly prototype new components and optimise their behaviour by allowing the right parts to be selected and assembled in a manner appropriate to a given task.
The platform also lets researchers support both new and traditional languages in a portable runtime environment, with the objective of simplifying the task of developing ebusiness systems.
Intel said it will facilitate the growth and maintenance of ORP by accepting and maintaining submissions of source code content reviewed by a panel of academic experts.
Jon Collins, technical director at independent analyst Sundial Consultancy, said ORP is playing in the same space as Java, although less successfully. However, he said the move would further increases the portfolio of technologies available to open source developers.
"What Intel has done will widen the takeup of something that hasn't had that big a following in the past," said Collins. "A portfolio of open source products is coming together, that with coherent management, would result it something quiet powerful."
But he added: "If you release something into the open source community it doesn't mean that there are a pool of developers out there who will jump at it at the first opportunity."
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