Taipei IDF part 2: 802.16 WiMAX and 802.11 Wifi on one chip - Ofer

, posted: 12-Apr-2006 12:54

Intel's plugging WiMAX hard as we know, but it's also a WiFi proponent. The latter standard for wireless networking is very popular and widely deployed. There are hotspots everywhere (bar Auckland Airport of course) and you'd be silly to buy a laptop or a Smartphone without WiFi capability.

This means WiFi will be hard to "dislodge", even though WiMAX provides far better performance, and has a mobile component as well. Intel thinks its Ofer chip will help with the transition, as it provides support for both WiMAX and WiFi.

And here's a sample of Ofer, as show at the Taipei IDF:

Intel Ofer

The full specs for Ofer are not yet known, unfortunately, but I will do some digging and post what I can find out.

Update: checked with Intel what we may know about Ofer, and APAC regional PR manager Barry Sum says:

Ofer is the world's first single-chip Wi-Fi/WiMAX radio. The Ofer radio is Intel's single-chip, multi-band solution that will be able to connect to any Wi-Fi or WiMAX network worldwide (supporting the 2.3/2.4/2.5/3.5/5GHz bands)

There you have it - five frequency bands on a single chip.

Other related posts:
Wannabe wifi jacker pwned
Woosh upgrades to 1Mbit/s
Taipei's citywide Wifi brings converged phones and free calls

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