Intel Capital\u2019s US$600 million investment in Clearwire appears to be part of a new strategy at the investment group, according to recent comments made by its managing director. While Intel Capital typically invests $2 million to $4 million at a time, it recently decided to change its strategy and begin making larger investments, Shlomo Caine, Intel Capital\u2019s managing director, said while attending the opening of Intel\u2019s new facility in Dublin in late June. Intel Capital is the investment arm of Intel.At the time, he said that Intel Capital\u2019s largest investments had been $300 million to $400 million and the smallest in the tens of thousands of dollars. The size of Intel Capital\u2019s $600 million investment in broadband wireless service provider Clearwire, announced on Wednesday, indicates that the investor is beginning to execute on its new strategy. In addition to increasing the dollar amount of investments, Intel Capital plans to make investments on its own. Historically it would rarely lead deals or invest independently, Caine said. Intel Capital also plans to make more investments then it has, he said. Intel Capital has invested a total of $4 billion in\u00a0more than\u00a01,000 companies that are based in\u00a0more than\u00a030 countries. In 2005, 60 percent of Intel Capital\u2019s investments were made in companies outside of the United States. Intel Capital invests in companies based on their potential impact on Intel\u2019s core business. One area of focus for Intel Capital has been on WiMax companies, like Clearwire. Clearwire currently offers broadband wireless services in the United States, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and Mexico.Most of Intel Capital\u2019s WiMax investments have been in operators, and the company has a goal of seeing 50 of the largest urban centers in\u00a0more than\u00a010 European countries covered by WiMax, Caine said. He didn\u2019t specify a time frame for reaching that goal, but said Intel expects a significant uptake of WiMax services throughout Europe by the end of 2007 or early 2008.Intel spearheaded the development of the WiMax standard and hopes that in the near future, computer makers will build Intel WiMax chips into laptops. Caine said that Intel Capital is the largest venture capital organization in the world and has access to "unlimited funds" for making investments.-Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service (Dublin Bureau)Related Link:\n\nMotorola to Buy Clearwire Equipment UnitCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.