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Intel mobilizes Web 2.0 with mobile WiMAX

Posted: 06 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile WiMAX? mobile Internet? nettops? netbooks?

At Computex this week, Intel Corp. executive Sean Maloney said microprocessors that are more powerful and high-speed WiMAX wireless networks will usher in a new era of the full Internet on mobile devices.

In his keynote, Maloney also unveiled new chipsets that make high-definition (HD) images on a desktop PC's screen look more realistic. He also announced the availability of new versions of Intel Atom processors for an emerging class of compact, easy-to-use devices called netbooks and nettops that will bring the Internet to new users.

"The convergence of mobile PCs, WiMAX wireless broadband and powerful, HD-rich PC technologies point to a tremendous growth opportunity," said Maloney, Intel executive VP and general manager, sales and marketing group. "Individualsnot householdswill drive the next era of growth with people each owning one or more computing devices. People have an innate desire to be 'connected' all the time and see personalized, mobile technology as the way to meet that need."

Redefining mobile
With the emergence of the netbook category this year, Intel believes that this will be the first year that more mobile computing devices will be sold than desktop computers. The company is delivering a variety of high-performance, low-power processors and other advanced computer technologies to help the industry address this opportunity with devices at all price points.

Maloney showed approximately 100 Intel processor and chipset-based motherboards, netbooks and nettops that PC makers are showcasing at Computex. Netbooks are compact mobile devices that children, first-time Internet users and people who desire an extra PC can use for basic computing applications, listening to music, e-mailing and surfing the Internet. They can also be used for playing basic online games, social networking and making VoIP phone calls.

The new Intel 4 Series chipsets will be used in mainstream desktop PCs powered by the latest 45nm Intel Core2 Duo and Intel Core2 Quad processors. Maloney said people want to store all their HD videos, photos, games and music in one "central library" and be able to access it from portable Internet-connected devices while on-the-go.

"The Internet is going 'high-def,'" Maloney said. "Desktop PCs with these new chipsets let you enjoy, share and protect your digital life. They have the processing power and graphics to deliver stutter-free HD video playback, improved 3D performance and leading storage capabilities."

Mobilizing Web 2.0
Maloney said ubiquitous wireless Internet access is required to mobilize how people are using the Internet today for things such as creating and watching videos, playing games and sharing photos. He said mobile WiMAX will make the Internet open, fast and mobile and it's quickly progressing toward a healthy global footprint. Informa Telecoms reports that carriers are deploying more than 281 fixed or mobile WiMAX networks today.

Chii-ming Yiin, Taiwan's minister of Economic Affairs also addressed the keynote audience via video at Computex. He described how WiMAX represents the next growth opportunity for Taiwan's technology industry with local hardware, services and network infrastructure companies developing complete WiMAX solutions for use worldwide.

"Mobile WiMAX is the right solution and it's happening now," Maloney added. "Wireless networks will be how the majority of people get connected and they have to be Web 2.0 capable. That means they've got to have a lot of bandwidth to send data either to or from devices at a rapid-fire pace."

Plans
Next week, Intel will also introduce processors and some chipsets for its next-generation mobile PC platform called Intel Centrino 2 processor technology, formerly codenamed Montevina, for high-performance laptops. Intel's full line of chipsets and its Wi-Fi wireless product will ship in early August.

Intel has developed an integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi solution, codenamed Echo Peak that will be available as an option for certain Intel Centrino 2 processor technology-based notebook PCs. The company aims to enable initial availability of certain WiMAX-enabled notebook PCs in the United States in 2H 08 depending on individual computer maker plans and WiMAX network availability.





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