Just musing, if Intel and Motorola ever combined would it be Mintel, Motel, or Interola or Inola? The possibilities are endless.
Last week Intel sold its communication and application processor business to Marvel for $600 and today Intel spent the whole $600 ball of wax investing in Clearwire Corp., a high-speed wireless broadband services provider based on WiMAX. Simultaneously, Motorola acquired Clearwire's NextNet wireless subsidiary--OFDM-based non-line-of-sight wireless broadband infrastructure equipment.
But there's more than meets the networked eye. In a move away from simply building products based on industry-accepted specs, the companies are heading down roadmaps with lanes wide enough to accommodate both and their ecosystems. And they're right up there developing, defining, and promoting specs that will keep things moving at high speed.
Intel just joined the SCOPE Alliance. The organization's goal is to accelerate the deployment of carrier grade base platforms for service provider applications based on interoperable COTS hardware/software and Free Open Source Software building blocks. Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens founded SCOPE early this year.
Last month the two industry giants co-founded the Communications Platforms Trade Association (CP-TA), dedicated to accelerating the adoption of SIG-governed, open spec-based communications platforms through interoperability certification. CP-TA members are collaborating to establish a true standards ecosystem that delivers interoperable building blocks from multiple vendors.
It's a new era of all for one and one for all. Wonder what's in the works for next week.