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Wireless Utopia

The journey towards a free wireless world.

Intel Strikes

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Intel and Motorola have announced a mammoth investment in Clearwire, a WiMAX based wireless service provider in US. That has resulted in Clearwire canelling its IPO plans. Apart from Intel and Motorola coming together to back WiMAX and it being Intel's biggest investment till date, its being seen as more of a strategic move against Qualcomm. QC wants to push it own 802.20 Mobile-Fi technology in place of WiMAX.

Intel has bet all its cards on WiMAX. It sees its core business of desktop chips being replaced with mobility solutions in the future. The WinTel partnership has withered with time and even Microsoft sees the mobile platform as the next big money spinner. That led it to partner with Qualcomm. To survive Intel needs significant control of the WiMAX technology which it sees as the successor to WiFi. The success or failure of WiMAX will dictate the future of Intel more than anything.

The ball is now in QC's court.

Previous posts: The 802.20 Soup. Emergence Of QualSoft.

Tags: Intel Motorola Clearwire WiMAX Mobile-Fi QC
posted by Rajiv, 8:45 AM

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