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Innovation Through Exaggeration

Imagine what could have happened with the much-publicized launch of Intel's wireless-enabled Centrino platform. Intel might have:

• Jump-started the multimode wireless LAN market, providing instant legitimacy to high-speed 802.11a and 802.11g standards.

• Introduced a wireless interface that integrated Wi-Fi with emerging 2.5G cellular data standards like GPRS and CDMA 2000 1XRTT.

• Showcased a breakthrough radio design that overcomes the thirsty power requirements of Wi-Fi interfaces.

None of this happened, of course. Instead we got a cute logo and a catchy theme song. If there's a silver lining, it's that Intel is spending $300 million to market Centrino, which is sure to raise the visibility of Wi-Fi and lend credibility to the hotspot market.

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