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Intel, Cisco To Partner On VoIP, WiFi Access

Intel and Cisco Systems have entered into a new partnership aimed at making it easier to connect to wireless and voice over IP (VoIP) technologies, the companies said.

The alliance was one of several mobile technology announcements Intel made during its twice-annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The Santa Clara, Calif., company also said it has agreed to work with Panasonic to improve notebook battery life.

Several thousand developers, gathered from around the world, heard the mobility-related announcements during the keynote by Intel Executive Vice President Sean Maloney. Maloney's speech continued the theme, set earlier by CEO Paul Otellini, that energy efficiency and performance per watt are now among the largest factors driving Intel development.

The Intel-Cisco alliance -- announced jointly by Maloney and Charlie Giancarlo, Cisco's chief development officer -- will combine the efforts of two industry powerhouses as they attempt to solve some of the thornier issues in the explosive WiFi space.

The companies are seeking to "create an out-of-box experience that is secure and easy to use on both [home and enterprise] environments," Giancarlo said. "Voice over IP on WiFi is really, really tricky."

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