802.11n and 802.16d for Next Centrino
March 10, 2006 9:28 AM
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Intel says it wants agnostic wireless format that covers WiMAX and all other current technologies
Intel announced at IDF that next-generation wireless technologies are well underway. For Intel, WiMAX (802.16d) is clearly the protocol of choice and Intel demonstrated some of 802.16d's capabilities which showed great improvements over current 802.11x formats.
For some, higher wireless speeds are already being used, thanks to such technologies as MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) technologies and others that push current 802.11x technologies into delivering speeds that are near to that of 100Mbit/sec Ethernet.
Intel also mentioned that it wants a unified format that encompasses all current wireless technologies in the 802.11 range and include 802.16 as well. Next-generation Centrino notebooks --
based on the Santa Rosa platform
-- for example, will be able to seamlessly connect to any hotspot regardless of protocol. Intel is calling this "agnostic" network support and says that there is no need to stick too firmly to one format, but that notebooks and chipsets should be able to work with all.
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3/10/2006 10:26:16 AM
Does Core Duo (codenamed: Yonah???) have Centrino Technology on it?
But then again, what is Centrino anyway?
Does it have something to do with CPU power or is it a technology for wireless??? (ie. Wi-FI 802.11, etc.)
RE: Question though
3/10/2006 10:31:47 AM
Centrino is a brand name. It is given to a product only if the product contains a specific set of technologies. For example, a notebook can only carry the Centrino name if it has one a specific set of wireless cards and one of a specific set of processors.
This is one thing that's pretty onfusing about Centrino. A lot of people confuse the brand name for a piece of hardware, but it's not
RE: Question though
3/10/2006 10:34:03 AM
Centrino Technology is a marketing gimmick by Intel. For a manufacturer to claim Centrino Technology in it's product, it must use a Pentium M/Core Solo/Core Duo processor, an Intel mobile chipset, and an Intel wireless card. In some ways the Centrino requirements are a good thin because all the components are engineered to work together. On the other hand, if a manufacturer uses other components (different wireless card, an ATI/NVIDIA/SiS/VIA chipset, Celeron M), they lose the ability to say the computer has Centrino Technology.
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