Intel Corp. on Monday plans to unveil its first chip to power WiMAX equipment for homes or offices. With the release of the processor code-named Rosedale Intel aims to drive the costs of WiMAX equipment towards $200, which will make long-distance, high-speed wireless Internet access more affordable.
The wireless component, which was previously code-named “Rosedale”, is the first “system-on-a-chip” design for cost-effective customer premise equipment (CPE) that supports IEEE 802.16-2004 (previously known as IEEE 802.16REVd). CPEs are placed at a home or business to transmit and receive a wireless broadband signal providing Internet connectivity.
Various versions of WiMAX allow devices to connect to a network at speeds of up to 70Mb/s in the range of 31 miles around the “access point”. 3G is next-generation implementation of cellular phone technology, such as GSM, that allows to connect to the Internet at the speeds of up to 2Mb/s (depending on the situation and network settings).
The first mass breed of commercial WiMAX networks is expected to come online sometime in 2006, even though there are a number of deployments even now. Also in 2006 or 2007 Intel is expected to enable Intel Centrino-branded notebooks with WiMAX and/or 3G connectivity.