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March 13, 2003

Centrino Missing the Mark

Today I'm was reading this writeup on this week's unveiling of mobile processors, including Intel, AMD and Transmeta.

Intel has decided to include wireless capabilities in it's Centrino chipset. Not sure they've really thought this whole thing through.

"There's a groundswell of desire" for wireless networking, said Intel CEO Craig Barrett.

Intel's wireless chip uses the 802.11b standard, which transmits and receives data at 11 megabits per second. Rival chip-making firms offer alternatives that are compatible with the faster 802.11a and g standards, which offer 54 megabit-per-second speed.

What I don't understand is why they chose 802.11b. The chips aren't even available yet and the technology is outdated. There are plenty of manufacturers on the 802.11g bandwagon, Apple, Linksys and DLink are offering access points and nic cards using the standard.

Then again, maybe this will drive users who want the current standard to look to something other than the Centrino chipset.

Posted by mike at March 13, 2003 7:59 AM