While continuing its relentless pursuit of performance, Intel has quietly been developing Transition Management, a technology program to help customers cope with constant changes in CPU technologies. Transition Management is claimed to stabilize PC designs by keeping platform components such as core logic and memory interfaces consistent through generations of CPUs. The goal is to upgrade processors without having to re-qualify entire systems, said William Swope, vice president of the Intel Architecture Business Group. "This is a big engineering effort," Swope said.
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