Intel WiMAX – Broadband on Steroids
WiMAX PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband device, Intel’s first WiMAX product, provides equipment manufacturers and carriers the ability to deliver next-generation wireless broadband networks around the world. No more waiting for the local phone or cable company to reach the farm house or the beach front island house, soon wireless broadband should be available almost anywhere. Several service providers worldwide announced plans to begin commercial WiMAX trials based on Intel silicon product, giving consumers and businesses a glimpse at this emerging wireless high-speed broadband technology.
WiMAX, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a standards-based wireless technology for providing high-speed, last-mile broadband connectivity to homes and businesses and for mobile wireless networks. Intel’s WiMAX silicon delivers the features needed to provide cost-effective, high-speed wireless modems for homes and businesses. Initial deployments will enable delivery of broadband Internet access to remote areas not currently served by DSL or cable, and will make it possible to wirelessly connect buildings up to several miles apart. Because it is standards-based, WiMAX technology is expected to make it easier and more cost-effective for new and existing broadband users to enjoy wireless Internet access.
“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,” said Scott Richardson of Intel. “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.”
To bring WiMAX connectivity to a broader audience, the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface enables both outdoor WiMAX products as well as new indoor solutions, such as self-installable WiMAX modems and residential gateways. Goodbye country bumpkin dial up, hello WiMax.