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Intel Launches Finalised WiMAX Chip

Posted: 19th Apr, 2005 By: MarkJ
Following considerable development and standards changing, Intel has finally managed to announce its first broadband wireless WiMAX chip based off the 802.16-2004 standard - ProWireless 5116:

Formerly known by its codename, 'Rosedale', the 5116 is designed to maintain broadband connections between fixed antennae. Future versions of the product are expected to support the 802.16e specification, which adds support for mobile end-user kit. Last week, Intel pledged to "solve in silicon" the inherent incompatibilities between the 802.16e and 802.16-2004 specifications.

Meanwhile, the 5116 has already won the support of equipment makers, with the likes of Airspan, Alvarion, Aperto, Gemtek, Huawei, Proxim, Redline, Siemens and ZTE voicing their enthusiasm for Intel's new wireless chip. So too did a range of carriers, all looking to use WiMAX to extend the reach of their broadband offerings.


Before any new hardware can ship they must first be certified, which should be accomplished before the end of 2005. For consumers this means faster home networks and broadband wireless ISP’s. More @ The Register.
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