LONDON Intel Corp. is planning to launch a desktop PC design for business users as a platform for its chips later this month, a company spokesman said.
Intel is also expected to launch a platform for home users in late May. The home platform is expected to incorporate a Pentium with two processors built onto a single chip, Intel said.
The Professional Business Platform will consist of a Pentium 4 processor together with simplified system management, enhanced security and decreased power requirements, according to Mike Ferron-Jones, director of Intel's Digital Office Platforms Division.
Intel will "tailor the platform to the [market] segment that values the technology," Ferron-Jones said.
Computers based on the design platform would be the first to incorporate a management technology that allows others, typical information technology administrators to monitor and interrogate PCs even when they're turned off or have crashed, Intel said.
The chip maker plans to introduce its dual-core chip technology for high performance platforms later this year. Ferron-Jonese said Intel expects the technology to become widely available for business and home applications in 2006.
Intel did not disclose pricing or identify computer makers that would offer computers based on the business platform.