Signal Processing DesignLine Blog
By now you've probably read that Intel hopes to sell its communications unit. I have to admit that part of me likes to see Intel suffer. It's a bit like watching the Death Star explode. But a bigger part of me realizes that it makes more sense to compare Intel to Darth Vader. Like Vader, Intel's communications units could have been a major force for good. Instead, its story ends in tragedy.
Today's EE Times story states that a key reason for Intel's troubles is that Intel never understood the "lack of part commoditization in the marketplace." I'd put it a different way: Intel failed to create commoditization in the marketplace. That's why part of me is sorry to see Intel give up the fight. The proprietary, fractured nature of embedded communications slows innovation and increases costs. While I'm not eager to see Intel rule the embedded world, we would all benefit from a greater degree of commoditization. It's too bad Intel couldn’t be a part of this.