Intel Corp and a set of its OEMs including Compaq Computer Corp, Dell Computer Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co and others, will launch the first release of the Server System Infrastructure specification at the Intel Developer’s Forum next Tuesday. Release 1.0 of the specification, which defines the power supply, electronic bay design and chassis features of Intel based servers, has been put together for server power system and chassis vendors such as Delta, Lucent, ABB and Endline, and promises to cut the development time of new server designs in half, from one year to six months. The effort, which has been under development for some time (CI No 3,497), is comparable to the establishment of ATX and NLX motherboard form factors now established in the PC desktop space. Brent Mower, an Intel product manager, is chairman of the Server System Infrastructure Forum administering the launch. Intel also supports the IPMI Intelligent Platform Management Interface effort, which is working on establishing standard building blocks for Intel servers the interoperate by platform management hardware, and the UDI uniform driver interface initiative which aims to establish portable device drivers for peripheral makers.