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Intel details stability program

Intel on Tuesday formally unveiled the Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP), a plan under which the company will work to ensure that the desktops and notebooks bought by participating corporations won't materially change for a year. Qualifying, or testing, computers to see how they work with various in-house applications remains an arduous, expensive task for businesses' information technology departments. Typically, when a component or PC maker makes modifications, the entire qualification process has to be taken again.

Under SIPP--formerly code-named Granite Peak--Intel will ensure these buyers that retesting won't occur, even if the megahertz on a chip increases. Intel also will increasingly share details about upcoming products with corporate customers, the company said. The SIPP technology is part of the Springdale chipsets and Centrino laptops.