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CNET News.com: Intel woos open-source crowd with chip blueprint

May 10, 2000, 11:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

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"Intel has posted the blueprint for its upcoming Itanium processor on the Web in an effort to make it easier for open-source programmers to build applications for the new chip."

"The blueprints, which contain technical information on the chip's subsystems, cache structure and other microarchitecture details, typically aren't publicly disclosed prior to the commercial launch of a chip. Hardware makers and software developers usually have copies but must sign nondisclosure agreements."

"Intel, however, is shifting its policy to accommodate the changes in the industry wrought by the rise of Linux and the open-source community, said Ron Curry, director of IA-64 marketing. Open-source programming is a communal affair: Developers contribute ideas on a volunteer basis and don't necessarily work at companies covered by the nondisclosure agreements."

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