Intel completes WiMax chipset design

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Intel completes WiMax chipset design

Antony Savvas

Intel has announced the design completion of its first mobile WiMax baseband chip.

The wireless processor is combined with the company’s previously announced single-chip, multi-band WiMax/Wi-Fi radio, creating a complete chipset called the Intel WiMax Connection 2300.

The WiMax Connection 2300 chipset design was demonstrated at this week’s 3G World Congress in Hong Kong. An Intel Centrino Duo-based laptop, equipped with mobile WiMax , Wi-Fi (802.11n) and high-speed downlink packet access 3G, was shown accessing the internet at broadband speeds over a mobile network.

With the initial WiMax Connection 2300 chipset design complete, Intel will now focus on validating and testing the product. The company plans to launch it in late 2007.

So far, few operators have introduced WiMax networks for users to connect over. Long-range WiMax allows users to connect over many miles, while Wi-Fi needs access points closer to the user to be able to work.

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