is now the key focus for Intel in Asia'
co-founder Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors
on a processor (computing power) doubles every 18 months and
that came to be known as Moore's Law. But is there a Moore's
law for Internet traffic? If you go by industry reports, we
see that Internet traffic is doubling every year. Yet the
PC and communications equipment industry has had a bad year
and companies have cut down on IT spending. Sean Maloney,
Executive VP & GM, Intel Communications Group, briefed
us on Intel's strategy to address both trends.
increase in traffic has to be addressed. So what we are doing
inside of Intel is to use semiconductor technology to reduce
the cost. We all know that communications equipment is fairly
expensive. So we are planning to use our manufacturing strengths
in every key area to reduce the costs by 2x, 3x, 5x,
Maloney agrees that the computer industry passed through a
fairly difficult phase in the last 12 months. He said the
Communications industry has had a bad year too.
Maloney also said, Paradoxically if you look at the
growth in Internet traffic, there isn't any slump/slide. Some
analyst say the increase in traffic is 200 - 300 percent.
When Intel entered the Asia-Pacific market in the early 90's
the focus was distribution networks for personal computers.
According to Maloney, the Asia-Pacific PC market is 50 million
units in 2002, with China and India being major markets. Maloney
said the focus for Intel in Asia is now communications technology.
He added, India is a proven world-class development
site for us, and will play a central role for us in the next
3-5 years. In the next 5 - 7 years, the dominant trend in
communications and computers will be the pre-eminence of the
Asian market in manufacturing and design, broadband and Internet
Maloney also informed that Intel is getting out of the Systems
business and would concentrate on its core competency-building
chips. Besides semiconductors, Intel is also going to focus
on optical switching technology. In fact, it is hoping its
optical chips will become a standard for switches, just as
its microprocessors became a standard for personal computers.
you will see the big switch manufacturers using optical switch
technology. Everybody in the industry now realizes they have
to use standard components instead of customized components.
If you use standard components you reduce your costs,
The Intel Communications Group (ICG) is a part of Intel's
communications business (the other group being the Wireless
Communications & Computing Group.) The ICG essentially
supplies communications building blocks to OEMs. It also delivers
network connectivity products to home, small business and
2002 slated for June
is slated to be held in Singapore from June 18 to June 21
at the Singapore Expo this year. The event aims to be the
largest communication and IT exhibition in the Asia-Pacific
region. It is expected to convene more than 1600 companies.
The event will be hosted and promoted by the Infocomm Development
Authority (IDA) of Singapore.
CommunicAsia2002 will feature regular events like MobileComm2002,
NetworkAsia2002 and eBizAsia2002. A new event called SatComm2002
has been added to the show. SatComm2002 focuses on satellite
communications in the telecom industry.
Under a section called eBiz, issues like untapped B2B electronics
transactions opportunities will be addressed and discussed.
Other topics include VoIP, Unified Communications, e-finance,
content management systems, and ASPs. There will also be a
Smart Card pavilion and an InfoSecurity pavilion.
Network security and infrastructure will be a key component
at NetworkAsia2002. The focus will be on IPv6, which is the
next-generation protocol designed to replace the 20-year old
IP version 4. A CommunicAsia2002 Summit will take place concurrently
from June 17 to June 21, 2002 at the Singapore Expo. You can
visit www.communicasia.com for more information.
Windows vulnerability in two weeks
issued its second bulletin in two weeks to Windows business
users which warn of a vulnerability to the JVM (Java Virtual
Machine) code. The new warning says that an attacker can place
a Java applet on the victim's machine that can allow the attacker
to perform any task the victim was authorized to perform.
This can potentially include adding, changing, and deleting
data or configuration information.
This is the second bulletin Microsoft has issued since March
4. The first warning told users that an attacker could redirect
all Web traffic from a machine by placing a Java applet on
the victim's computer. The warning also said that the attacker
would be able to know where a victim was surfing on the Web,
what actions the victim took, and potentially capture the
victim's passwords and other secure information.
According to the bulletin, both vulnerabilities affect only
the users who access the Web via proxy servers. This means
the problems will affect businesses but probably not home
users. Both vulnerabilities are rated 'critical' by Microsoft.
An update posted by Microsoft will take care of both problems.
It can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/java/vm/dl_vm40.htm.
production version of the free GNU operating system is likely
to be available by year's end, said the president of Boston-based
FSF (Free Software Foundation) Inc.
The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a Unix like
operating system to be offered as free software. By 1991,
the Linux kernel was available ahead of the GNU kernel. The
Linux kernel was combined with the GNU system and offered
as a complete system. Richard Stallman who was recently in
Pune said, "Linux is a kernel, and now we have our kernel,
which is an alternative to Linux. And they both work in the
context of the overall GNU system, as the kernel alone won't
run without the rest of the system." He also added, "Although
Linux is a kernel and works in the context of the GNU system,
Linux came to be called an OS. It is actually GNU/Linux with
Linux as the kernel. It is really devastating for us when
people write about our work and they don't call it by our
name, and we get forgotten. The kernel of FSF's GNU system
is more powerful than Linux because it was designed using
a microkernel instead of a monolithic architecture."
Under the GNU General Public License, the software source
code is available to users who are free to modify it to suit
their needs and distribute the modified software free or at
The satellite way
(Hughes Escorts Communications Limited) launched DirecWay
which is an end-to-end satellite broadband service. DirecWay
will provide solutions like managed network services, data
center hosting, and application services. It will benefit
operations like distance education, multimedia broadcast services,
and telemedicine. DirecWay targets large enterprises, SME's,
and home users. HECL has partnered with several companies
like Compaq, Commerce One, Talisma, and Legato to provide
these application platforms. HECL has set up a large infrastructure
which comprises dedicated satellite space, a data center for
hosting enterprise applications, a NOC (Network Operations
Center) to manage services, and marketing services and support.
HECL has invested over $ 15 million to introduce DirecWay.
It will be the first national satellite broadband service
provider in the Indian market to offer services in over 800
cities and rural areas.
will go on”
inventor of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) Phil Zimmermann said
that PGP will go on, despite a move by NAI (Network Associates
Inc) to shelve the encryption product after it couldn't find
a buyer. NAI embarked on a plan to trim its product line in
October 2001 and has been looking for a buyer for its PGP
products. However it confirmed that it had dropped its plans
to sell PGP because it couldn't find a buyer willing to pay
what the company wanted. NAI now wants to put the product
in a maintenance mode.
NAI also said that although PGP won't be developed any further,
bug fixes will be released as necessary for a year and service
contracts will be honored until the end of their terms. Although
Zimmermann sold PGP to NAI in 1997, the protocols for the
encryption code are open to all on the Internet. And despite
this, Zimmermann said "PGP will continue and probably
re-emerge in time."