Intel Corp. has tied the introduction of a series of critical technologies to the launch of Microsoft’s Longhorn operating system but has backup plans in place should Redmond’s schedule slip.
Paul Otellini, Intel president and COO, said yesterday that while it is taking Microsoft’s schedule at face value it could ship applets that would allow customers to exploit the star T technologies it is building direct into its processors.
Upcoming future Ts include Legrand, Intel’s hardware level security technology as well as Virtualization technology, which is central to its Digital Home and Digital Office strategies.
Otellini’s presentation to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco yesterday showed the virtualization and security Ts are both scheduled to coincide with the launch of Longhorn, currently slated for 2006. However, the launch of Longhorn has been notoriously fluid.
I’m going to take their reset at face value, Otellini told ComputerWire after his speech yesterday.
However, the company was not a complete hostage to Microsoft’s release schedule, he continued.
While it would be preferable to have the supporting software built into the software, said Otellini, the chip company would take matters into its own hands if push came to shove.
We also have the opportunity to ship applets, he said, effectively putting the appropriate hooks into the operating system itself.
Clearly, Intel wants to avoid such a situation. Otellini said Intel was encouraging Microsoft to put it (Longhorn) out there as soon as they can.