According to InformationWeek, Intel has announced a hybrid chipset supporting both Wi-Fi and WiMAX by mid-2008.
Code-named Montevina, it would support the 25-watt Intel Penryn mobile processors, as well as HD DVD and Blu-ray high definition video formats.
Excerpt from Intel promises Wi-Fi-WiMAX chipset in 2008:
WiMAX, or World Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a wireless broadband standard that's designed to extend Wi-Fi networks across greater distances, such as a campus or sections of metropolitan areas. The IEEE 802.16 standard is theoretically capable of transmitting data up to 70 Mbps as far as 37 miles.
The objective is to make WiMAX as commonplace around the world as Wi-Fi now is -- an entirely possible endeavor seeing the success of Intel's Centrino program.
Already laptop makers Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Panasonic, and Toshiba have agreed to carry this combination Wi-Fi and WiMAX chipset when it debuts next year.
You know, come to think about it, Wireless-N and wireless USB should be relatively common laptop features by 2008. There is also a gradual trend of laptop makers embedding cellular data capabilities into selected laptops.
Perhaps this is how the specifications of a laptop on sale in 2008 will read:Wireless Platform Supported
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 1.2/2.0+EDR/2.1
- Wireless USB
Ouch. Have fun supporting your users!
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.