SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Speaking on the third day of the Intel Developer Forum, senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) Pat Gelsinger spoke about Intel's 'Radio Free Intel' initiative. Gelsinger said Intel had made a 75-GHz frequency voltage controlled oscillator in a 0.18-micron digital CMOS manufacturing process technology, according to the company.
The catch-phrase 'Radio Free Intel' covers Intel's plans to integrate radio circuits into future microprocessors from the company and also to make adaptive radio platforms.
Additionally, Eric Mentzer, vice president and chief technology officer of the Intel Communications Group, discussed Intel's plans to accelerate the deployment of broadband wireless infrastructure worldwide.
"Intel is accelerating the convergence of computing and communication by bringing the benefits of lower cost, scalability and faster-pace-of-innovation to radio technology," said Gelsinger.
Gelsinger added that Intel has successfully developed core radio components using its 0.18-micron digital CMOS process, including the world's fastest voltage controlled oscillator in CMOS operating at speeds greater than 75-GHz.
Intel said it is also playing a role in the development of the IEEE 802.11n wireless LAN standard that would have about three times the throughput of current 802.11 solutions,
Gelsinger said that "universal communicators" -- adaptive communications technologies for future devices that communicate with that adapt dynamically -- would connect multiple networks and services. Gelsinger demonstrated roaming across WLAN and WWAN networks using a universal communicator prototype developed by Intel researchers, the company said.
In his keynote address, Mentzer said Intel's wireless product plans for 2004 would advance broadband capabilities. Mentzer said that an 802.11b/g wireless networking component would be in production before the end of 2003, and an 802.11a/b/g wireless networking component would be in production in the first half of 2004.
"It is expected that networks based on the 802.16a standard will have a range up to 30 miles and the ability to transfer data, voice and video at speeds of up to 70 megabits-per-second (Mbps)," Mentzer said.
The company said it has signed agreements with leading equipment companies to deliver WiMAX-certified equipment based on Intel 802.16a silicon in the second half of 2004.