Intel Corp showed off its first mobile WiMax baseband chipset, which it hopes will begin appearing in notebooks as early as 2008. The chipset was displayed during a keynote demo at the 3G World Congress and Mobility Marketplace event in Hong Kong.  Mobile WiMax is an alternative wireless WAN technology that promises fast mobile connectivity beyond the reach of WiFi hotspots. Intel and others expect the two technologies to be complimentary.  Intel’s new chipset, called WiMax Connection 2300, will be bundled with Intel’s multi-band WiMax/WiFi radio, which means it will work with both WiFi and WiMax networks.

The chipset certainly will move Intel closer to its vision of WiMax driving the next wave of “personal broadband” laptops and handhelds. Whether the technology will become a dominant global technology remains to be seen. Intel began releasing fixed WiMax products last year. But it expects “heavy investment” from industry leaders in WiMax to be in the 802.16e mobile WiMax standard, according to Dave Hofer, director of marketing in Intel’s wireless division.

 Source; Computer Business Review Online