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Intel Puts Its Architecture Library Online

Intel Monday said it will begin offering a large cache of its technical and architecture information as part of a new online collection.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker said it is working with Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft to bring the Intel Developer Library to the masses. Intel said the collection represents millions of pages of relevant technical books and information for the Intel Architecture (IA) developer. The handpicked subject matter includes growing markets, including home and business computing, wireless devices, and converged communications infrastructure.

The library includes books from a variety of publishers, including Microsoft Press, John Wiley & Sons, Intel Press, and McGraw-Hill. Multi-level searches can be performed on all material in the collection, on a specific set of materials, or on a single resource.

Both Books24x7 and Intel will market the library through a subscription service. An individual one-year subscription goes for $399 if you sign up by October 31, 2003. The regular individual subscription rate is $499 per year with corporate discounts available.

"In the world of converged computing and communications, I can't think of a more pressing issue for developers than quickly finding key technical information necessary to complete their products and get them to market faster," observes Dan Russell, vice president and director of technical operations for Intel's sales and marketing group. "These developers are under intense schedule pressures to bring innovative products to market and realize business value for their firms."

Recent IDC research showed knowledge workers spend 15 to 20 percent of their time actively looking for specific information; however, these searches are successful less than 50 percent of the time. According to the research, these unsuccessful searches could cost a company employing 1,000 knowledge workers $6 million in time lost and $15 million in opportunity losses.

Developers can obtain a free trial at www.intel.com/idl. Intel said it plans on demonstrating the library at its Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif. next week.

Intel is no stranger to publishing their technical information online. Earlier this year, the company released a new version of its Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) for software developers. The software libraries are used to build features, such as audio, video, image, signal and speech processing, into an application.