Details of a secret project between NCR and Intel on server technology have emerged after an email was leaked by mistake.
The project, called K2/Carson, will design a technical specification based on Intel's K2 and NCR's Carson technologies. This will be used to create high end server building blocks, based on 32-bit and 64-bit Intel processors.
Engineers, led by Intel?s Son Lam, are thrashing out the specification with NCR engineers based at Intel?s Columbia Design Centre. That follows the hiring of 64 NCR hardware design engineers to work at Intel on its High Volume Server (HVS) platform.
The email, sent between the two sets of engineers, discusses difficulties in merging Intel?s K2 design with NCR?s Carson design. Amongst the issues discussed in the email are discrepancies between connectors causing difficulties with the Berg Futurebus and the PCI buses.
Other incompatibilities between the two designs are discussed between the two teams. They include differences between the Carson's and the K2?s standard I/O dimensions, which could force a redesign of the platform.
According to NCR, the agreement between the the two companies is connected with delivering data warehousing and similar solutions to customers.
An Intel representative said: ?This is not something we?ve announced and we are unable to comment on the contents of emails."
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