Intel Gets Into Fixed Wireless

Intel today announced its first foray into the fixed wireless infrastructure market. It says that it will produce chips based on the 802.16a metropolitan area network (MAN) standard and that Israel's Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) will use the silicon in its equipment.

Intel, which is a member of the 802.16-oriented WiMax Forum, says that its decision to produce silicon based on the recently ratified standard should cut component prices for vendors looking to make kit using the specification rather than proprietary systems (see Working for the MAN).

"Basically, having manufacturers like Intel come into this space and build products to a standard should cut costs for base station manufacturers," says Tom Potts, a spokesman for the chipmaker.

The 802.16a specification is a fixed, non-line-of-sight wireless MAN spec that operates in the 2GHz to 11GHz bands. The data transfer speed available to the end user depends on how much bandwidth is available. People involved with the specification have initially suggested that equipment could be designed to provide anything from 10 to 70 Mbit/s over a range of five to 30 miles, depending on configuration. This figure may become clearer when vendors actually start to produce equipment based on the spec. The WiMax Forum expects the first boxes out in 2005.

This will give Intel some time to get its chips together. Potts says the company will design and make all the silicon itself, but doesn't have a timeframe for production yet. Nor would he comment on whether the design had "taped out" -- a key step in the manufacturing process, when the actual design is completed and the technical information required to manufacture silicon chip samples is sent to the foundry.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung

jacksullivan66 12/4/2012 | 11:46:53 PM
re: Intel Gets Into Fixed Wireless Hey Dan: Heard anything on a company called Adimos? Apparently started by a group of guys who grew out of Alvarion, including their Chief Scientist Michael Genossar. He's been published a few times within the IEEE 802.16a WMAN TG while still at Alvarion, and is scheduled to speak at the upcoming CMP Communications Design Conference in San Jose in late Sept.

Of interest - he'll be speaking on a panel at the conference focusing on the WPAN market along with Roberto Aeillo of Staccato - and UWB is intended to be a significant part of the discussion. I also saw an Israeli news report of Adimos in the process of rounding up a $15M early round from Intel, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Benchmark and Accel, among others. Pretty impressive...

Any news of these guys? See what you can find out for me - and thanks in advance for taking a look.

ddi73 12/4/2012 | 11:40:09 PM
re: Intel Gets Into Fixed Wireless Adimos announced that it raised $12 million from JVP, Benchmark Capital, Gemini Israel Funds and Genesis Campus.
The funds will be used to boost the companyGÇÖs sales and R&D operations, Adimos says.

Adimos has offices in Silicon Valley, a development center in Israel, and a growing presence in Japan. The CEO of the company is Sandeep Kumar, who has 17 years experience in the development of semiconductors.
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