Intel ready to show Centrino 2 laptops with WiMax

Intel plans to show laptops based on its upcoming Centrino 2 platform at the Computex exhibition this week.

Intel plans to show off Centrino 2 laptops equipped with support for WiMax at the Computex exhibition in Taipei this week.

The company offered a preview of what's to come on its Mobility@Intel blog, where executive Craig Raymond described his experience using a WiMax-equipped Asus M51VA laptop from Asustek Computer.

Raymond used the laptop to access the Internet using local operator First International Telecom's (Fitel's) WiMax network. "Kobe looked pretty good scoring 39 to put the Lakers in the NBA finals from my Slingbox back in the States," he wrote.

The Asustek laptop, which includes Intel's Echo Peak WiMax module, runs on a "Penryn P8600 2.4GHz" processor, Raymond wrote, referring to the company's 45-nanometer processor family.

Originally scheduled for release this month, the launch of Centrino 2 was pushed back to August because of problems with the regulatory filings required for the antenna used with the chip platform, as well problems with the integrated graphics chipset. The delay is not expected to have a significant impact on Intel or system makers.

Computex starts on Tuesday.

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Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service

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