Intel buys Wi-Fi chipset maker

Intel has purchased Mobilian to expand its wireless networking portfolio.

Intel has purchased Mobilian to expand its wireless networking portfolio.

Mobilian is a maker of integrated 802.11b/Bluetooth chipset for mobile phones called TrueRadio, said Daniel Francisco, an Intel spokesman.

The company has about 70 employees and most of them are expected to join Intel's wireless networking group.

Intel has spent much of this year promoting the 802.11 wireless silicon used in the Centrino package for notebooks. The company has released an 802.11b and 802.11a/b chip, but does not have a Bluetooth chip available for purchase.

Intel's processors for personal digital assistants and mobile phones do support the standard, and Intel's Wireless Coexistence Software helps to smooth out interference between Bluetooth and 802.11b, which operate on the same 2.4GHz frequency used by many other wireless devices.

Mobilian's TrueRadio product will help Intel build upon its existing wireless strategy, but any products based on the technology will not be available for some time, Francisco said.

Texas Instruments has also demonstrated a multichip reference design earlier this year that combined the Bluetooth, 802.11b and GSM/GPRS wireless technologies into a single personal digital assistant.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service



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