When Google formally announced they were developing an OS intended to rival Windows for netbook market share, they boasted that they already had a laundry list of big-name industry backers. Although initially silent on the matter, it's been revealed since that there are indeed several large companies involved, such as HP and now Intel. Speaking to The Register, the chip maker confirmed that at least on some level they are working with Google in the development of Chrome OS.
Intel also stated that they've known about the project for some time, and are encouraging Google's attempt at development of an alternative OS. How exactly they plan to support Google isn't mentioned, but it is known that Intel has already worked with other Linux-based software developers for numerous mobile applications. Given Intel's recent foray into mobile hardware and vested interest in the growing mobile market, cooperating with Google would be beneficial to both companies.