Intel has confirmed that it has an extensive Java programme in place, with the main goal being faster audio and video throughput on its platforms. But it dismissed speculation that its Java software initiatives would take it into competition with software specialists.
Intel will leave software to the software majors, the company said today. A UK representative explained that the company has a number of initiatives in place to capitalise on the Java platform. Those include the Media Framework for Java, which encompasses Intel Simple Video Bean, Spatial Audio for Java as well as animation for Java. All these are technologies for using multimedia components, such as Java Beans, to boost performance of audio and video applications.
Intel's spokesperson said: ?We do work on software operating system platforms where it makes sense for us to do so. We?ve been working on Java in the same way as we work on Microsoft operating systems.? But Intel hasno plans to be a software house - it treats Java as "enabling technology" which it tweaks for its own platforms,in the same way that it makes highly optimised language compilers for its X86 processors.
This does not mean, as some analysts have suggested, that Intel plans to enter the software arena in any competitive way, he stressed.
Intel has a licence from Sun for Java and is also working with a number of other players to ennable fast throughput of audio and video. "We're interested in getting audio and video into Java," the representative added.
It is also preparing a software method called Soft DVD, which a representative said today would also speed its drive into the consumer market. Soft DVD, he explained, was a way of delivering audio and video through software and had little or nothing to do with DVD drives or disks.
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