By Siobhan Kennedy
The possibility of IBM Corp and Intel Corp burying the hatchet and working together to introduce a next generation server bus architecture reared its head again yesterday when an IBM spokesperson said there could be an announcement as early as next week. Although he declined to give any details, he said comments made by IBM to ComputerWire last week, in reaction to Intel’s statement that it planned to develop a new bus architecture without IBM’s input, had sparked things off again. Last week (CI No 3,538), Intel unveiled specifications for a next generation server bus architecture to replace the PCI bus by the year 2000. The news came despite attempts by IBM (CI No 3,529) to encourage the chip giant to put aside its own plans and work together on the initiative. However Mitch Shults, Intel’s director of server platform marketing denied there had been any further negotiations. As far as I’m concerned we are still at odds over exactly the same issues, he told ComputerWire yesterday, I’m the guy IBM would contact, I wrote the original proposal and so far I’ve seen nothing from them.