SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) next month, Intel Corp. is expected to disclose more details about its ambitious wireless vision, including the concept of "adaptive radios."
Intel will describe future "adaptive radios"--or smart antennas--that are designed to boost the throughput and range in wireless systems, said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and chief technology officer for the Santa Clara-based company. The technology involves "multiple antenna systems," Gelsinger said in a briefing today (Aug. 29, 2003).
The Intel CTO is expected describe the technology in a keynote at the IDF event, which is slated from Sept. 16-18 in San Jose.
Adaptive radio technology is part of Intel's overall wireless vision, dubbed "Radio Free Intel." Originally announced at last year's IDF, the concept describes the company's ambitious R&D and product efforts in several wireless technologies, such as radio-frequency (RF), software-defined radio, and smart antennas.
The idea behind "Radio Free Intel" is to integrate advanced and "free" RF technology into processors or other products, thereby connecting systems to a bevy of wireless networks ( see Feb. 28, 2002 story ).
Intel has described its software-defined radio plans, and in May, the company discussed the circuit design issues. It intends to rapidly move all the building blocks necessary to implement a flexible, multimode digital radio into its standard CMOS logic process, and then to migrate the blocks onto system logic chips, where they can be bundled for a small incremental cost into mobile-computing architectures (see May 12 story ).
At the upcoming IDF, Intel will take its concept a step further. Gelsinger is expected to demonstrate future seamless roaming technologies that will transform the user's wireless experience by improving ease-of-use and enabling "always-best" connections.
This is done via "adaptive radios" or smart antennas. There are three parts to enable this technology: adaptive radios, adaptive physics, and how this is adapted to the end user, according to Gelsinger.