WiMAX to come later for Intel Centrino 2
Michael McManus, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Tuesday 15 July 2008]
While Intel has launched its Intel Centrino 2 processor platform, WiMAX support will not be included initially. The combined Wi-Fi/WiMAX module (Echo peak), as part of the Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series, will not begin shipping until later this year and will be an optional feature for Centrino 2-based notebooks, the company indicated.
Intel added that it is working with service providers around the world to deploy WiMAX networks, with initial US network availability starting later this year from Sprint Xohm and Clearwire, which Intel has invested in.
A June WiMAX.com report cited Xohm president Barry West as saying that Xohm will begin offering WiMAX services in Baltimore in September and that devices used at that time will include embedded WiMAX laptops using Intel chipsets.