In a bid to offer unique functionality to users of tablets and ultrabooks running latest-generation Intel Atom and Intel Core i microprocessors, Intel Corp. teamed up with Devicescape, an owner of a broad virtual network of Wi-Fi hotspots. Under the terms of the agreement, Intel-powered mobile devices will be able to connect to millions of hotspots all over the world, including in sleep mode to update email and other information seamlessly to end-users.
"Smartphones have changed end-user expectations around their device experience, and elements of the mobile experience will naturally make their way into personal computers and tablets. These devices shouldn't be offline but should be capable of reaching a network automatically to allow for syncing information and notifications. Intel-based devices will now be able to use our global WiFi Offload Network to do exactly that," said David Fraser, chief executive officer of Devicescape.
In order to take advantage of the pact between Intel and Devicescape, a system featuring Intel Smart Connect technology (e.g. powered by Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" or Intel Atom "Medfield" or better) as well as Microsoft Windows 8 operating system with connected standby mode support will be needed.
Over the last decade, leading device manufacturers have utilized Devicescape's Wi-Fi connectivity service to enhance the value of their devices while improving the user experience. The relationship with Intel will allow Intel Wi-Fi products wider Internet coverage for applications to provide the user fresh data when they power on the system.
"The combination of Devicescape's connection manager and virtual WiFi network will make it easier for laptops to find and connect to millions of different hotspots. The inclusion of Devicescape's technology into Intel's Smart Connect will help make portable devices like laptops and tablets much more mobile," said Daryl Schoolar, an analyst with Ovum.