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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

InfiniBand Marches on Despite Intel Retreat

In a move that couldn't help but give InfiniBand a black eye, Intel has put the brakes on some of its InfiniBand activities, despite being one of the original developers of the high-speed I/O technology. But Intel is by no means withdrawing its support for InfiniBand, says Allyson Klein, industry marketing manager for Intel's enterprise platform group. "Intel thinks InfiniBand is incredibly important," she says, and has maintained a dedicated team to promote the technology. What Intel won't do is continue production of its InfiniBand chip, which Klein describes as "a financial decision." Why's that? "In this economy, we felt we needed to focus on our core strategic technologies," namely processors, she says. Why was InfiniBand silicon exacting such a toll on Intel's finances? In short, "Intel made a bad bet," says Chuck Foley, president of InfiniCon, King of Prussia, PA, which makes a shared I/O system based on InfiniBand. Unlike silicon competitors Mellanox and IBM, Intel developed its technology around the so-called 1X (2.5Gb/...

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