Intel to Ship 11M-bps Wireless LAN Products

SAN FRANCISCO (06/05/2000) - Intel Corp. in August will start shipping wireless networking products that enable workers to connect their notebooks to a LAN (local area network) at speeds of up to 11M bps (bits per second), the company announced today.

The products will include a wireless LAN PC card, which slots into the side of a notebook allowing data to be sent and received across the airwaves, and a wireless access point, which acts as a hub connecting devices to a company's existing wireline network, Intel said in a written statement.

The products are based on an industry standard called IEEE 802.11b, which supports transmission speeds of up to 11M bps. That should be fast enough to support high bandwidth applications such as video streaming, voice over IP (Internet protocol) and large file transfers, as well as everyday applications like e-mail.

The networking system will work at a range of about 25 meters in a typical office setting, said Scott McLaughlin, Intel spokesman.

Intel already offers a wireless networking system for home and small office users called AnyPoint. The AnyPoint products are based on a different standard called Home RF, which supports transmission speeds of up to 1.6M bps.

The products announced today are aimed at business and education markets, and are the first to emerge from a co-development agreement announced in February between Intel and wireless networking specialist Symbol Technologies Inc.

Symbol offers 11M bps wireless LAN products of its own, and while the two companies are partners in development, they will also compete against each other in certain markets. [See "Intel, Symbol Aim to Speed Up Wireless Networks," Feb. 14.]Intel also faces competition from Proxim Inc., Lucent Technologies Inc., and No Wires Needed BV of the Netherlands, which unveiled an 11M bps wireless LAN system at the Networld+Interop show in May. [See "Dutch Firm to Ship High-Speed Wireless LAN," May 5.]The Intel PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN PC Card and the Intel PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN Access Point will be priced at US$199 and $999, respectively. The products are due to go on sale in the U.S., Europe and Australia on Aug. 7, in Japan in September, and in the remainder of the Asia-Pacific region during the fourth quarter, Intel's McLaughlin said.

Availability may vary from country to country outside of the U.S. Like other vendors of similar equipment, Intel must obtain certification from local communications authorities before it can offer wireless products in those regions, McLaughlin said.

Intel also announced today that it will locate its wireless networking development activities in San Diego, which it said is home to one of the highest concentrations of engineers working in that field in the country.

Intel's Wireless LAN Operation has accelerated its staffing since announcing its partnership with Symbol, and plans to employ more than 100 engineers in the San Diego area.

Additional information about Intel's wireless LAN products is available at 800-538-3373 for U.S. and Canadian customers; +44-1-793-431-155 for European customers, and +1-503-264-7354 for other international customers, Intel said.

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-765-8080, or via the Web at http://www.intel.com/. Symbol, in Holtsville, New York, can be contacted at +1-631-738-2400, and on the Web at http://www.symbol.com/.

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