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Intel prepares to bring WiMAX to the masses

Intel is preparing for a WiMAX revolution with the unveiling of its new single-chip, multi-band WiMAX/WiFi radio. The new mobile solution will combine long-range and short-range wireless connectivity in the form of the Intel WiMAX Connection 2300 chipset.

The Intel WiMAX Connection 2300 will be the focal point for Intel's next generation Centrino mobile platform. Not only will WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) and WiFi (802.11n draft) be supported, but as previously reported on DailyTech, the chipset will also feature 3G connectivity by incorporating HSDPA.

"Intel continues to drive innovation in mobile broadband access by eliminating the seams that prevent ubiquitous wireless connectivity," said Intel's Sean Maloney. "The Intel WiMAX Connection 2300 will help speed the deployment of mobile WiMAX, and accelerate the availability of a new wave of 'personal broadband' laptops and mobile devices that deliver the real Internet."

Intel's latest chipset supports MIMO technology for increased WiFi bandwidth and signal quality as well as low-power requirements and a reduced thermal envelope making it suitable for installation in thin and light notebooks. WiMAX and WiFi functionality will also be controlled from the same central software application for better connectivity management.

Intel is currently in the process of validating the module and hopes to sample the card by the end of 2007.





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