The company wanted "to ensure that when it is introduced, customers get the performance, reliability and capacity that people expect from Intel", said Graham Palmer, Intel's UK press relations manager.
A single-band 802.11b chipset for the Banias microprocessor is scheduled for release early in the first half of next year, company executives said.
Intel will release the Banias microprocessor along with a module - codenamed Calexico - containing both the Banias and WLAN chips, plus other components.. Calexico will, initially, support only lower-speed 802.11b wireless access using radio chips from Philips.
The IEEE 802.11b standard describes a technology that uses radio spectrum in the range of 2.4GHz and has a maximum carrying capacity of 11Mbps. The more recently completed 802.11a standard uses spectrum in the range of 5GHz and offers a maximum capacity of 54Mbps.
An 802.11g standard, now nearing approval, would provide for a capacity of 54Mbps using the 2.4GHz band, allowing for high-speed wireless LAN gear that uses the same spectrum as the installed base of 802.11b clients. Approval for the 802.11g standard is expected in March.
When the dual-band chipset is released, it may include 802.11g support.
Intel has reached an agreement with iPass, to allow users of Banias-based notebooks to access the Internet through the same software whether they are using "hot spots" or dial-up.