Alan Freedman -- The Computer Language Company - Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Computer Desktop Encyclopedia
Longest-Running Tech Reference on the Planet

A CDE Definition

You'll love The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (CDE) for Tech Term of the Day (TTOD)


computer chip platform

See x86 chip platform.

x86 chip platform

A hardware platform comprising an x86-based CPU and companion chips (chipset, networking, graphics, etc.), which are the major semiconductor components in a PC. Intel was the first to create a chip platform with its Centrino brand in 2003, which was very successful.

Take Advantage of the Brand
The concept behind the chip platform is to encourage the chip maker's customers (the PC vendors) to take advantage of a heavily marketed brand. For example, in order to paste the Centrino logo on a laptop, a vendor had to use all the required chips from Intel. Prior to the Centrino and the chip platforms that followed, PC makers often used chipsets from a different manufacturer than the CPU. Intel coined the term "platformization" for this marketing tactic. See Centrino, ViiV, vPro, Turion and AMD LIVE!.

Personal Use Only

Before/After Your Search Term
computer-based faxcomputer conferencing
computer-based faxingcomputer costs
computer-based referencecomputer cracker
computer-based trainingcomputer cruiter
computer bookscomputer designer
computer cartoonscomputer desktop
computer caseComputer Emergency Response Team
computer case fancomputer engineer
computer centercomputer-enhanced image
computer chipcomputer environment

Terms By Topic
Click any of the following categories for a list of fundamental terms.
Computer Words You Gotta KnowSystem design
Job categoriesUnix/Linux
Interesting stuffPersonal computers
InternetIndustrial Automation/Process Control
Communications & networkingAssociations/Standards organizations
HistoryDesktop publishing
ProgrammingHealthcare IT
System design