Intel Corp.s rollout this week of its stable imaging program could be a boost to enterprises as they go through their PC and laptop replacement cycles.
Major OEMs for several years have been offering computers with up to 12-month stable image guarantees, saying that over that one-year period, the companies would not make changes to their systems that would force businesses to tweak their images.
Intel this week introduced its Stable Image Platform Program, formerly code-named Granite Peak, which covers Pentium 4- and Centrino-based PCs and laptops. Starting with its release May 21 of the 865G chip set, Intel, of Santa Clara, Calif., will not make changes to the technology before the second quarter of next year that would force corporations to change their PC images or retest their software or hardware to ensure compatibility with the image, said Steve Asbjornsen, manager of business demand creation for Intels Desktop Platform Group.
The same will be done with the Centrino mobile platform technology, which was introduced March 12. Intel has aligned the system driver software with the packages 855 chip set. Asbjornsen said the mobile technology will follow a 12-month fourth-quarter cycle.
"It comes down to IT having very efficient deployment of the PCs in their environment," he said.