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We do have to think very carefully about what the performance and power combined metric is as we look at the future generations, but I don't think we'll see a real huge pullback on performance just to get that power down for a lot of these leading edge processors. For a large part of the industry, we do need to have a look at this. If you look at even what IBM offers in terms of its technologies, we have a high end and we also have a foundry process and the foundry process does, in fact, have lower leakages. It matches the performance of the rest of the industry, of course, in the foundry business, but doesn't necessarily match what we would offer to our very high-end server customers.

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We do have to think very carefully about what the performance and power combined metric is as we look at the future generations, but I don't think we'll see a real huge pullback on performance just to get that power down for a lot of these leading edge processors. For a large part of the industry, we do need to have a look at this. If you look at even what IBM offers in terms of its technologies, we have a high end and we also have a foundry process and the foundry process does, in fact, have lower leakages. It matches the performance of the rest of the industry, of course, in the foundry business, but doesn't necessarily match what we would offer to our very high-end server customers.

We're looking to develop common-platform architectures that can reduce BOM costs by one-third,” Richardson said. This will be achieved through multiple competitors delivering common software and hardware platform solutions as the server market moves away from the traditional proprietary, vertically integrated model.”

In the case of Nokia Corp.'s network division, which sees close to $7.5 billion in wireless basestation and switching equipment sales a year, the cost-savings could be considerable.

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We've traditionally worked with Intel in this sector, but we think it's important to have an opportunity to work with multiple [IC] vendors, which a common platform makes possible,” said Ari Virtanen, vice president of Nokia Networks in Mountain View, Calif.

Nokia expects this industry initiative will promote an ecosystem of focused Linux enterprises,” Virtanen said. This enables us to more proactively develop networked product-creation capacity.”

The OSDL and other common-platform initiatives are part of Intel's push to offer a more modular communications portfolio, Richardson said. Ultimately, we're looking to develop a cross-platform, off-the-shelf modular approach for server applications and their overlap with data center and telecom applications,” he said.

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Applying commercial off-the-shelf software and hardware to carrier-grade environments and enterprise data centers will offer OEMs more freedom, according to Ross Mauri, president of OSDL and vice president of eServer development at IBM Corp., Somers, N.Y.

Customers want choices when making technical decisions about evolving their infrastructure,” Mauri said. They will now have the choice of industry standards-based solutions as a welcome alternative to proprietary offerings.”

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But the move to standardize communications server platforms does not make as much sense for all of the companies that are OSDL members. In the case of Nokia, the move away from its vertically integrated manufacturing model-while important from a cost-reduction standpoint-is not as crucial as it is for competitors like Lucent, Motorola, and Nortel that have seen their sales and earnings plummet during the past year, according to analysts.

Other communications equipment companies have a greater need to outsource than Nokia, which hasn't yet provided details on how to get from point A to point B [to standardize its infrastructure equipment],” said Walter Piecyk, an analyst at Fulcrum Global Partners LLC, New York. Nokia already has strong market share and margins in its infrastructure and handset business.”

Ron Wilson is editorial director of Integrated System Design, a sister publication of EE Times.

MINNEAPOLIS — Silicon foundry provider PolarFab Inc. here today announced that its new 8-inch fab is on track and has moved into production.

The privately-held, pure-play semiconductor foundry also claimed that its sales were $63 million in 2001, roughly flat from 2000. While PolarFab did not release its earnings, the announcements by the foundry company were a major accomplishment, given the current and severe downturn in the IC industry.

We are delighted to be considering additional capacity while most struggle with how to utilize what they have,” said Greg Peterson, president of the Minneapolis-based company.

PolarFab completed the construction of the 8-inch fab late last year. The company, which started processing wafers last month, specializes in mixed-signal and radio-frequency (RF) processes (see Oct. 11 story ).

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