Intel will boost its wireless networking push with the development of chips that will form the building blocks in broadband wireless networking equipment, which could replace existing last-mile networking technologies, such as cable and digital subscriber lines.
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The chips, which Intel would only describe as a "silicon product", will be based on the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.16a standard approved in January for WMans (wireless metropolitan area networks) used to connect homes, businesses and wireless Lan hotspots.
Networks based on the 802.16a standard are expected to have a range of up to 30 miles and throughput of up to 70Mbits per second.
Intel will develop the chips with Israeli company, Alvarion, which will incorporate them into its own line of broadband wireless access systems now under development.
The WMan chips will complement a range of Intel products targeted at wireless networking applications, including Centrino, which bundles the company's Pentium M processor with a wireless Lan chipset; Intel Pro/Wireless cards and access points and its line of IXP4XX network processors.
Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service