Intel and Microsoft are moving towards integrating Windows NT at chip level, a close Microsoft development partner claimed last week.
Stewart Holness, UK country manager at Olap company Micro Strategy, said plans were well developed for both companies to integrate their technologies at motherboard level. ?Intel will put NT on a chip,? he said. ?I?m not sure of which flavour of chip but they will definitely do it.?
Intel?s future slot technology means that the company can add processors to motherboards, multiplying the scalability of the platform to give the platform midrange power. That will require a complete rewrite of Windows NT.
According to Holness, the integration of NT software and Intel chip technology will mean that every time a machine is switched on, it will boot straight into the operating system. That, he suggested, would give Wintel practically the entire PC market.
Neither Intel nor Microsoft were prepared to comment on the report but the plan could fit in with Intel's high end Deschutes server scheme. That allows for a number of processor cards to be fitted to a motherboard and there are few technical obstacles.
In theory, other operating systems could also be put on to Intel chips. Indeed, this may be necessary to keep the Wintel tie-up free from antitrust investigations.
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