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Intel To Demo UWB Chip At Developer Forum

Intel Corp. will demonstrate its own ultrawideband chip as part of a so-called wireless USB initiative at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF, Feb. 17-19).

Details on the company's first communications chips to use its 90-nm process, and some details about its thinking on a possible 64-bit x86, are also on the company's agenda for the event in San Francisco.

Intel will unveil a multi-company initiative to support a 480 Mbit/s wireless USB technology over 10 meters based on UWB. Backers will include Dolby Labs and many of the companies currently supporting the wired USB 2.0 specification, said an Intel spokesman.

The wireless USB initiative and the Intel chip will be based on the multiband OFDM technology backed by an industry alliance that includes Intel. It will also be supported by the WiMedia Alliance that is helping define UWB software interoperability. The wireless USB chips are not expected to ship in products until 2005.

The Intel spokesman would not confirm or deny reports that the company will demonstrate a 64-bit x86 at IDF. However, he did say "the subject will be brokered," probably in the keynote address of Craig Barrett, Intel's chief executive.

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