Intel Targets 'Net with New Division

Intel has divided its communications business into a networking business unit and a new unit dedicated to the development of Internet-specific products.

Intel's new Communications Products Group will include communication servers, computer telephony hardware, network appliances, routers, hubs, switches, VPN (virtual private network) software and LAN (local area network) management hardware, the company said in a statement issued last week.

Meanwhile, the Network Communications Group will continue to focus on developing Intel's microprocessors, LAN chip controllers and network processors.

To form the new Internet unit, Intel combined its Communications and Internet Server Division, Network Systems Division, Systems Management Division and the Dialogic subsidiary it recently acquired. Dialogic makes computer telephony software, network interfaces and media processing boards, which are all used in voice, fax, data, speech recognition, call centre management and IP (Internet Protocol) telephony.

Intel Vice President John Miner, formerly general manager of the Enterprise Server Group, will head up the Communications Products Group and will report directly to Craig Barrett, Intel's president and chief executive officer. Michael Fister, vice president of the Intel Architecture Business Group and general manager of Enterprise Server Group, will succeed Miner in his former role.