Chip-maker Intel is further along the development path with a potential 'disruptive' technology than previously thought. Its new wireless broadband chipsets could eventually provide a cheap alternative to DSL for home DTV and other applications.
Intel president Paul Otellini told delegates at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco that wi-max would be to DSL and cable what cellular networks were to fixed line telephones, calling it a "disruptive, cheaper alternative".
According to Intel, pricing is one of the biggest inhibitors to broadband wireless deployment. Current client equipment costs between $350-$500, but Intel is working on reducing that to a "sub-$200" price bracket.
Lovelacemedia | 09.09.2004