Projected to debut nearly a year after Apple introduced 802.11g support with Airport Extreme, “Intel is picking up the pace on introducing 802.11g technology into its products, as the emerging wireless networking specification gathers customer and standards support. The chipmaker is moving up the timeframe for using 802.11g technology in its Centrino bundle of chips, Sean Maloney, Intel executive vice president, said Thursday at the company’s spring analyst meeting in New York,” reports Richard Shim for ZDNet.
Shim continues, “The emerging 802.11g specification is for Wi-Fi networks that transmit data at 54 megabits per second (mbps), use the 2.4GHz band and are compatible with equipment based on earlier 802.11b wireless technology. Wi-Fi lets people wirelessly access and share resources on a network. The Centrino bundle comprises a new low-power Pentium-M processor, a chipset and Wi-Fi components tested by Intel.”
“Maloney said Intel will be in production with a Centrino package that includes an 802.11b/802.11g component by the end of the year… Behind Intel’s accelerated schedule for 802.11g is the progress that the specification has made in the standards and interoperability approval process, along with its growing popularity in the market, according to Maloney,” Shim reports.
ZDNet does not mention that, in contrast, “Apple was the first computer company to ship products based on 802.11b when it launched AirPort in 1999, kick-starting the entire Wi-Fi wireless revolution […and, on January 7, 2003, launched] AirPort Extreme, the next generation of wireless products based on 802.11g that runs at 54 Mbps, yet is fully compatible with the millions of 802.11b Wi-Fi devices and Hot Spots around the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in a press release.
Full ZDNet article here.