Intel has unveiled a specification for advanced workstation platforms, which is likely to feature fast processors running at speeds of between 500MHz and 650MHz.
At the Siggraph 98 conference in Orlando yesterday, Intel said it is pushing two high volume motherboard and system specifications aimed at the workstation market. It will present specs for the WTX and WTX Pro systems at its developers' forum in autumn.
The company said that the chassis specifications for the systems aimed at the midrange and high end of the market will mean a simplified design process and lower development costs for OEMs.
The specs will include support for dual processors, large system memories, Advanced Graphics Port 4x graphics, AGP Pro graphics card and high bandwidth input and output.
There will be support for dual processor IA-32 and IA-64 platforms, an industry standard chassis, power supply and motherboard form factors, and thermal, mechanical and power envelopes for high end AGP Pro graphics cards, said Intel.
OEMs supporting the spec include Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics, Umax, Fujitsu, Intergraph, IBM and Siemens Nixdorf. The spec is designed to be good for another five years.
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