Intel’s Pentium M, wireless future unveiled

Intel’s Pentium M, wireless future unveiled

The mobile ecosystem is evolving and on the up and up, according to Intel.

Airing its case for mobility at a recent conference in Sydney, the chipmarker used the opportunity to launch three new processors, previously codenamed Dothan.

The processors, Intel’s Pentium M 735, 745 and 755 are built on its 90-nanometer (nm) technology and are said to boost performance by up to 17 per cent when compared with last generation processors.

The chips signify Intel’s movement into what it sees as the fastest growing sub-segment of PC sales.

In conjunction with the 855 chipset and PRO/wireless network connection, they make up Intel’s Centrino technology — the heart of its push into the wireless market.

Transformation of business processes, improved customer responsiveness and increased productivity were at the centre of Intel’s message to business on the benefits of wireless connectivity.

Country general manager of Intel A/ NZ, Philip Cronin, said Intel was working toward a 100 per cent wireless world.

He foresaw 90 per cent of new desktops being wireless capable by 2005-06 and that wireless enabled notebooks would exceed PCs by 2007-08.

An Intel spokesperson said the future of wireless expansion was “communication meets Moore’s law – the integration of radio into each piece of silicon Intel makes”.

Wireless crossover would continue to occur, the spokeperson said. Mobile phones would intergrate wireless LANs and notebooks would integrate IXRTT cards and increased area access.

Intel was joined in its wireless presentation by business partner, Telstra.

Telstra group manager for technology, innovation and product, Tibor Schwartz, said that Intel’s involvement in wireless technology, WLAN and Wi-Fi, was complimentary to Telstra’s fixed and mobile offerings and the way people were using technology today.

Telstra was also looking into the application of wireless technology in order to deliver broadband to rural areas, Swartz said. Its national network of wireless hotspots was available at 71 locations including Rydges Hotels, McDonalds restaurants and Qantas clubs.

Telstra business, consumer and corporate customers and non-customers alike had a variety of ways for paying for mobile access, Schwartz said.

Cronin, when asked about the feasibility of asking people to sit down and log-on in a fast food restaurant, said the partnership with McDonalds was an access vehicle.

“The model will evolve. In the real world pervasiveness is key,” he said.

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