Wireless Briefs: Centrino, BlackBerry, TI

Wireless Briefs: Centrino, BlackBerry, TI

Laptops on the move

The recent release of Intel’s Centrino platform is the latest step towards a day when all corporate notebooks are rolled out with wireless capability, according to the Meta Group. In fact, the market analyst predicts 95 per cent will have built-in Wi-Fi by 2005. “Most corporate laptops will move towards the Centrino platform during the next year,” vice-president of infrastructure strategies for Meta, Steve Kleynhans, said. Teleworking and other forms of mobile computing would become increasingly common, affecting the use of PDAs, phones, ADSL and wireless networks, lifestyle devices and other business applications, he said.

BlackBerry the choice

Telstra has listed legal firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Deutsche Bank, GSA Group and underwriters Wesfarmers Federation Insurance as large corporate customers that have successfully implemented its BlackBerry wireless email solution. Offered over its GSM and GPRS wireless network, BlackBerry includes integrated email, phone, SMS and organiser features. Telstra has also announced international roaming capabilities for Hong Kong and Singapore, with expansions for Europe and the US due later this year. It claims BlackBerry has been deployed in more than 14,000 North American and European companies.

TI develops 3-in-1 PDA

Texas Instruments (TI) has developed a concept design for a PDA that features three wireless technologies. Meant as a guideline for PDA manufacturers, the concept design incorporates chips for Bluetooth, 802.11b and tri-band GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service) wireless networks. TI codenamed the design WANDA (wireless any network digital assistant). TI is using its own single-chip Bluetooth technology, and multichip packages for the 802.11b and GSM/GPRS networks.

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