Intel creates wireless tech centre in Sweden

Again showing a keen interest in the wireless communications market, Intel on Friday said it has established a technology research and development centre in Stockholm.

The Intel Wireless Competence Centre will help the US chip vendor and other companies develop applications involving high-bandwidth, wireless Internet access, Intel said.

The formation of the centre is the latest of several steps the chip maker has taken towards further involvement in wireless communications.

Intel announced its intention last month to purchase wireless chipset vendor DSP Communications Inc. of Cupertino, California for $US1.6 billion.

Last year, Intel, along with L.M. Ericsson Telephone, IBM, Nokia and Toshiba, formed the Bluetooth initiative to develop wireless technology enabling high-speed connections between network devices using low-powered radio transmissions.

Stockholm is a natural location for the Intel's wireless 'Net centre, Michael Sullivan, an Intel spokesman said. The Swedish city has been dubbed "Wireless Valley," due to the continuing pace of communications technology development there, he added.

"We are starting to see higher bandwidth technology emerging and, frankly, a lot of the development is in that (the European) area of the world," Sullivan said.

The US chip maker currently supplies flash memory and low-powered processors for wireless devices such as cell phones.

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