US Microchip Giant Intel Is Working on a New Superchip Designed to Enable Wireless Broadband Internet Access Everywhere from a Kitchen Table to a Public Park
US microchip giant Intel is working on a new superchip designed to enable wireless broadband internet access everywhere from a kitchen table to a public park. Called "radio-free" because it frees the user from worrying about which wireless network to use to connect to the internet, the new chip could eventually end the Wi-fi-versus-3G war currently being waged across the mobile communications industry.
Mobile network operators such as Vodafone and Hutchison 3G are geared up to sell high-speed data services over souped-up mobile phones connecting to 3G networks, but face competition from the growing number of Wi-fi broadband hotspots being rolled out for laptop users by network operators such as BT.
According to Intel director Gordon Graylish, Intel's radio-free technology will put all today's wireless network technologies, GPRS, 3G and Wi-fi, on to a single chip to allow devices to roam seamlessly between the different wireless networks from wherever they happen to be on whatever device they prefer.
But as the deployment of the radio-free chip could be five years away, the Wi-fi-versus-3G war is likely to run for some time yet. And Intel's current chipsets are still firmly focused on the Wi-fi market. …