Intel launches first WiMAX product

Intel Corporation is looking ahead to a future of wide area internet usage with the launch of its first fully verified WiMAX product

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 20, 2005

Intel Corporation is looking ahead to a future of wide area internet usage with the launch of its first fully verified WiMAX product. Aimed at equipment manufacturers and carriers around the world, Intel's PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface device (previously codenamed ‘Rosedale’) is based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. Solutions based on this standard are able to offer high-speed, fixed wireless broadband networks; providing internet connectivity, internet protocol (IP) and TDM voice capabilities, and IP-based real-time video at high speeds. Several service providers around the world have already announced plans to begin commercial WiMAX trials based on Intel silicon products later this year. However, in the Middle East region, no such trials have yet been announced. “As a standards-based, high-speed Internet access solution, WiMAX can provide the platform for the next generation of internet expansion, connecting the next billion internet users,” claimed Ferhad Patel, Intel’s marketing development manager in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “In addition to delivering the first flexible, highly integrated WiMAX system-on-chip, Intel has worked with a number of parties, including carriers and equipment manufacturers, to prepare the industry for the next wave of wireless technology.”

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