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Intel to launch Wi-Fi, WiMax-enabled PCs

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DQC Bureau
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Intel is planning to launch Wi-Fi and WiMax dual mode enabled personal

desktops. The dual mode module with Wi-Fi and WiMax is Intel's wireless network

solution known as 'Echo Peak'. "Echo Peak is capable of supporting up to three

bands for flexible radio frequency support-2.3 to 2.7GHz, 3.3 to 3.8GHz and 5.5

to 5.8GHz," said Chandramouli Rao, Senior Solutions Specialist-WiMax Business

Development Division, Intel India. He said that the development team at

Bangalore is working on embedding the chip into desktops. "We are working on it,

and will announce something soon," Rao informed.

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Commenting on the market for this product in India, he said, "The Indian

government is yet to decide on the WiMax frequency band and the overall policy

for rolling it out. Globally, 2.5GHz is the standard for WiMax. However, once

the policy is announced, notebooks, tablet PCs and handheld devices will drive

the market." The company is launching 'Echo Peak' enabled notebooks in the US

early next year in association with Sprint. Sprint and Clearwire have already

announced plans to build mobile WiMax infrastructure to cover 100 million people

in the US by the end of 2008. Sprint Nextel offers wireless and wireline

communications services and Clearwire is a provider of wireless broadband

Internet and phone service.

Bhaskar Hazarika, R Jai Krishna

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