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Intel calls for a modular approach

Sean Maloney, general manager of Intel Communications, has called for customers to steer away from the proprietary road, instead touting industry standard-based building blocks at Intel's Developer Forum.

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. The development of flexible communications equipment, he argues, must be based on industry standards, 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 cost-effective modular design approach. 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 90-nanometer technology products in 2003.

It is hoped that the provision of communications building blocks will encourage customers to focus resources on adding value to, and differentiating products with, the development of specific hardware and software.

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