At the IEEE Globecom 2006 Expo in San Francisco, Intel announced plans to integrate a pre-802.11n technology in its Centrino chips next year. The 802.11n standard, which promises better performance than the current WiFi technology, is not likely to be ratified until the first half of 2008.
Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney expressed concerns regarding decisions like that by Intel. He said that a prestandard version might function well in homes where it is deployed as a closed looped technology but could bring interoperability issues in enterprises that have heterogeneous wireless infrastructure.
At that same gathering, Intel officials promoted Ultra Wideband or UWB. Alan Crouch, who heads Intel’s Communications Technology Lab, expects the short range wireless technology to start gaining acceptance in 2007 and become popular in the consumer market. Crouch believes UWB will become a future version of Bluetooth. David Leeper, senior principal engineer for UWB at Intel, claimed UWB “can do video streaming at very low power.” He said downloading a full-length movie through UWB would only take 80 seconds.