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Intel® Pentium® 4 processor: platform stability
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What happens when a software driver or a network card is changed in a qualified client configuration? The results can be disastrous for IT managers, forcing an expensive requalification and driving up support costs. In conjunction with leading PC vendors, Intel helps IT managers optimize return on investment (ROI) for all their client platform migrations.

Standardized desktop and mobile configurations are an essential component of a cost-effective client infrastructure. They allow IT managers to deploy and manage fewer software images, and to maintain those images longer with fewer revisions. As a result, new PCs can be deployed more quickly, and existing systems can be supported more efficiently.

Yet IT managers are always vulnerable to unexpected hardware changes in a qualified platform. Even a minor revision in a third-party component may require an upgraded driver, with corresponding changes to the software image. At best, the environment becomes more complex. At worst, the platform must be requalified, an expensive process that disrupts normal procedures and adds significantly to operational costs.

What is a "Stable Platform"? A stable platform is a qualified system configuration that IT departments can count on remaining functionally unchangedand available for an extended period.

Stable platforms can help IT managers maintain their standard configurations and reduce unwanted image changes. Yet true stability requires that every major component in a qualified platform remain largely unchanged throughout the corporate deployment cycle. This poses a major challenge for PC manufacturers when their platforms depend on a wide variety of independent, third-party component vendors.

Intel Stable Platform

Read how Intel works with the following OEMs to help IT managers optimize ROI for all their platform migrations.

Intel and Compaq
[PDF, 75KB]
Intel and Dell
[PDF, 118KB]
Intel and Hewlett-Packard
[PDF, 375KB]
Intel and IBM
[PDF, 111KB]

Intel's Stable Platform Program helps manage this ongoing challenge. Since Intel manufactures many core PC components, it is uniquely qualified to coordinate component life cycles, driver revisions, and manufacturing schedules to provide extended platform stability. Intel works closely with major PC vendors to define the best component sets for corporate needs. Product cycles and manufacturing schedules are then coordinated to deliver stable platforms according to clear and predictable schedules. IT managers can take advantage of these schedules, timing their own platform transitions to enhance stability, and to improve their ROI for all mobile and desktop acquisitions.

Learn more by reading the entire white paper [PDF, 127KB] entitled "Optimizing ROI for Desktop and Mobile Acquisitions."

The New Corporate Stable Platform: Intel Pentium 4 Processor and Intel 845G Chipset
The Intel® Pentium® 4 processor and Intel® 845G chipset form the new high-volume corporate stable platform. Maximize throughput and minimize costs for Pentium 4 processor platforms with integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics and the highly stable drivers of Intel® Stable Image Technology. Take advantage of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 integration, which offers 40X more bandwidth than USB 1.1. With 533/400 MHz system bus support and enhanced AC'97 audio, the Intel 845G chipset provides an outstanding, highly stable platform for business users. Read the entire article.

Learn more about the Intel Extreme Graphics integrated in the Intel 845G chipset. To learn how this revolutionary graphics core uses memory more efficiently, read the "Dynamic Video Memory Technology" white paper. Read the "Zone Rendering Technology" white paper to find out about the unique technology for drawing 3D scenes.

Intel® ChipsetsBenefits to IT Product Brief
Because the chipset is such a vital component of the client PC, Intel chipsets [PDF, 238KB] are designed and tested in concert with Intel microprocessors to deliver optimum performance, compatibility, and stability. This enables client PCs that are easier to deploy and support, which enhances the ROI for your IT infrastructure.

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