Transitive Corporation, who builds the Rosetta on-chip emulation technology for Apple’s shift to Intel propcessors, has announced plans to increase the Intel processors it supports.

The company has announced that it will work with Intel to accelerate the migration of software application codes from legacy RISC environments to the Intel Itanium 2 and Intel Xeon processor families. The companies will focus on developing QuickTransit Hardware Virtualization Technology Products for market release this year.

PowerPC (RISC) computing on any Intel chip

"One of the biggest barriers to upgrading from one computer architecture to another is just how to migrate the installed base of in-house developed software and commercial software," said Bob Wiederhold, president and CEO of Transitive Corporation.

“With Intel, we are focused on providing binary translation technology products to easily shift existing legacy code or application packages that have been compiled on non-Intel platforms to run without modification on Intel Itanium and Intel Xeon processor-based platforms."

Intel cites customer demand

"Based on strong customer demand to migrate off RISC architectures, Intel is working closely with Transitive to accelerate migration to Intel Itanium processor-based platforms," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group at Intel. "Customers can expect to see outstanding performance of their RISC-based binaries on Intel Itanium based systems coupled with Transitive's QuickTransit dynamic binary translation products."

Intel will provide funding and access to key engineering resources to facilitate the ongoing development and testing of QuickTransit for Intel Xeon processors and QuickTransit for Intel Itanium processors. Intel will also work with Transitive to promote the use of QuickTransit technology.