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Intel aims to trump NC cost claims

Intel today said that it expects its Advanced Manageability Alliance with IBM to become a widely implemented open standard.

The chip giant will supply its LAN management software and Fast Ethernet cards and silicon with Wake On LAN support to several blue chip PC vendors, said James Smith, European director of Intel's networking division. However, Smith said he could not name specific vendors because of contractual obligations.

Smith said that the alliance and the Wired For Management programme of which it is a part, is a more realistic alternative to the Network Computer consortium's claims of much lower ownership costs for the devices. "We don't want to provide lower costs at the cost of losing the adaptability of the PC but by keeping it. Let's not turn the clock back to a mainframe with a dumb terminal attached," he said.