Intel has produced software which it claims will speed up the delivery of Web pages to end users.
The company said Netcom, Sprint and Globalcenter will beta the product called Quick Web Technology in October. Over 1,000 sites will be involved in the trial.
Intel said that the software analyses Web pages and searches for graphic images, then compressing them bit by bit and reducing the size of the file.
Although Intel claimed today this was a first, there are several freeware sites which do this for Web designers and end users.
When users request a particular site, that is then stored on an Internet service providers (ISPs) site. Intel claims that a caching technique will allow most Web pages to be downloaded to a screen in half the time.
The company did not say when the beta would end nor was any price for the software indicated. But, superficially, it appears similar to the kind of technology pioneered by PC company Compaq.
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