As I’m certain lots of you noticed, final week Intel mentioned it’ll start delivery its new Centrino (Montevina) cell chip for laptops. You may ask, why does Jeff care about this? As a result of the brand new chip may have WiMAX capabilities built-in later this 12 months, together with Wi-Fi. For these of you not nicely versed within the chipset market, Intel’s Centrino line is THE chip utilized in laptops from the most important gamers (Apple, Dell, and so on.)

Because of this quickly laptops coming from these manufactures shall be WiMAX appropriate. The truth is, based on a FierceBroadbandWireless article by Lynette Luna, “Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba are reportedly planning to launch new notebooks concurrently with the discharge of Centrino 2.” IDC analyst Brian Ma, referred to as this “good gas to assist the trade alongside.” I couldn’t agree extra.

This announcement brings us one massive step nearer to having WiMAX-enabled gadgets to function on Dash and Clearwire’s shopper networks. WiMAX is clearly persevering with its march ahead. With Dash/Clearwire already on board, Intel’s continued assist, and in flip the assist of most main pc producers, it’s not onerous to see all of the items falling into place.

All that is still at this level is the consumer base. Towerstream’s WiMAX is operational in over 10 main cities, serving companies with quick, low-cost wi-fi broadband. When Dash/Clearwire launch their WiMAX service in Baltimore this September, adopted by Chicago and Washington D.C in This fall 2008, there shall be over four million people uncovered to purposeful, cell WiMAX.

I do know WiMAX continues to have a number of nay-sayers – as is all the time the case when revolutionary applied sciences come to the market – however I’d say this announcement scores one for the WiMAX staff.


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