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Intel urges modular approach to building communications equipment

Intel calls for customers to steer away from a proprietary approach to building equipment, in favour of industry standard based building blocks.

Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Commnications Group, addressed the industry today about the need to adopt a modular approach based on industry standards in the development of flexible communications equipment, rather than expensive proprietary systems.

"The communications industry has experienced 10 years of change in the last year with significant reductions in revenue, personnel and R&D spending," explained Maloney.

"The companies that will emerge successfully from this economic slump are the ones that embrace a more rapid and and cost-effective modular design approach, and Intel is devoting all of its communications research and development on technologies that help our customers make this transition."

Investment in manufacturing process technology has, according to Intel, enabled the company to anticpate the manufacture of products 90-nanometer technology products in 2003. The provision of communications building blocks is intended to encourage customers to focus resources on adding value to and differentiating products with the development of specific hardware and software.

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