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Executive Interview: Craig Barrett, Importance of Global Standards

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Executive Interview: Craig Barrett, Importance of Global Standards

"The world is getting smaller on a daily basis. Hardware, software, and content move independent of, and irrespective of, international boundaries. As that increasingly happens, the need to have commonality and interoperability grows. You need standards so that the movie made in China or India plays in the equipment delivered in the United States, or the Web site supporting Intel in the United States plays on the computer in China." —Craig Barrett

You are often quoted in the press, commenting on the need for global technology standards. Why are global standards so important?

When we were all nation states, independent of each other, with our own borders and internal rules and regulations, each nation could have its own technology standards. But the world is getting smaller on a daily basis. By smaller, I mean that hardware, software, and content move, and they move independent of, and irrespective of, international boundaries. As that trend continues, the need to have commonality and interoperability between devices grows.

As borders become transparent, whether you are running your railroad line or your broadband connection across the border, you need to have some degree of commonality, and that's what standards ensure. Increasingly, we're not talking about physical goods crossing borders but about goods flowing through the ether. You have to have standards so that the movie made in China or India plays in the equipment delivered in the United States, or the Web site supporting Intel in the United States plays on the computer in China.

Read the full Executive Interview with Craig Barrett.