Posted on August 6, 2007, William WiMax Service In Final Testing Stages
The long wait for WiMax may be coming to an end soon. The way things are going, notebooks and laptops with WiMax capability will be lining the shelves towards the end of 2008. Why should gamers care about this? Instead of losing your wireless connection outside of three or four-hundred feet, you will be able to have a range closer to 50 miles now. This could enable you to play WoW in the middle of the woods if that’s your thing. WiMax is definitely not your parent’s WiFi.
Notebook computers should begin reaching stores with the next generation of wireless technology – the long-range technology WiMax – by late 2008, Intel confirmed Friday.
The Santa Clara chip maker this week began shipping a chipset – or package of chips – that includes WiMax to computer makers for testing, said Sriram Viswanathan, a general manager. It anticipates the product, called Echo Peak, will be available commercially in late 2008.
Though add-on cards from small manufacturers have been available for laptops for some time, the delivery of Echo Peak is an important step in the spread of the emerging technology. It will be built into portable computers and mobile Internet devices, making access to WiMax networks easier. Intel has delayed the release of the product several times.
Via Silicon Valley