Intel said today at its developer forum that it is helping hardware vendors to produce faster machines by giving them software tools to tune their platforms.
The company said that its software suite will provide both low and high level tools for its OEMs and other customers to validate products, automatically.
The first software which will emerge will be a power management toolkit but Intel is also pushing another tool to help OEMs and software vendors maximise the AGP chip I740, formally announced last Thursday.
In other announcements at the Intel Developers Forum held in San Jose today, it emerged that the corporation has joined the DVD WG-4 audio working group. Intel has made mysterious noises about something that VP of mobile platforms Pat Gelsinger described as ?soft DVD? at Comdex/Fall last year.
According to Intel, its I740 AGP chip has received ?enthusiastic support? from independent software and hardware vendors.
In a press statement, it said that companies including ASYStek, Leadtek, C-Cube and Hauppage announced they would support the programme.But there was one company missing from the raft of software vendors to publicly announce support and that is the biggest player in the market, Microsoft.
Microsoft is understood to be holding off support for the I740 until it becomes clear whether Windows 98 will include support for new Intel chips.
Last Autumn, competitor AMD said that Microsoft was supporting its specification for K6 chips with additional fast graphic buses and senior VP Dana Krelle said then that the Intel AGP standard would not work without Windows 98. Intel has consistently refused to comment on the allegation.
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