Intel is to work with ecommerce specialist Open Market to bring its software to the Pentium II and Merced architectures.
The two companies will work together to port the Internet trading product, Transact, to Pentium II servers running Microsoft NT, and to the upcoming IA-64 processors such as Merced. The partners sealed the deal with a joint marketing pact and with Intel buying 333,000 shares in Open Market - just over one per cent share.
Transact is Open Market's flagship product and the only one that does not run on the Intel platform.
Analysts said this is in line with Intel's traditional policy of investing in specialist companies in areas where it wants to achieve high penetration of its processors - with the boom areas of ecommerce and multimedia being its current targets.
At Internet World in New York last autumn Intel unveiled an electronic business strategy and said it planned to fund partners to develop applications for its platform, as well as carrying out joint marketing programmes. Intel also has an ecommerce joint venture with SAP, Pandesic.
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