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Centrino™ Mobile Technology Provides Boost

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INTEL® CENTRINO™ MOBILE TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES PERFORMANCE BOOST WITH FASTER WIRELESS NETWORKING CAPABILITIES

Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection, enabling both 802.11b and rapid 802.11g wireless networking capabilities. The technology delivers a new level of wireless network performance for notebook PCs based on Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology.

The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection is a standards-based and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED* wireless local area network (WLAN) solution that allows up to 54 million bits of data to be transferred per second. It is designed to maintain high throughput at longer ranges in office or home environments, along with efficient use of power to enable longer system battery life. The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection is also software upgradeable, allowing it to support future security and other service enhancements.

“With support for open industry standards, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection offers more than three times higher performance than stand-alone 802.11b solutions,” said Jim Johnson, Intel vice president and general manager of the Wireless Networking Group. “The improved performance of 802.11g combined with strong power management features help deliver leading connectivity capabilities across a wide range of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED* access points.”

“Standards-based solutions are critical to ensure Wi-Fi capable devices work across a variety of networks, ensuring a high-quality, consistent user experience,” Johnson said. “The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection is a high-performance solution that will enhance the wireless networking experience for business professionals and consumers using Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook PCs.”
The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection consists of a communications and radio chip, both designed and developed by Intel at its wireless networking facilities in Haifa, Israel and San Diego.

Efficient Wireless Performance with Advanced Power Management and Security
The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection comes in an embedded mini-PCI adapter. The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection delivers efficient wireless performance with advanced power management features to enable a longer system battery life+. The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection fully supports today’s security standards such as Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and can be upgraded via software downloads for as future security standards such as 802.11i become available.

The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection also features Intel PROSet for Wireless software, which provides easy configuration, connection status monitoring and the ability to turn the 802.11 radios on and off. It also features advanced profile management that enables multiple setup profiles to connect to different WLAN networks as the client moves between different access points.

The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection is the latest addition to Intel Centrino mobile technology, which combines the Intel® Pentium® M processor, the Intel® 855 chipset family and an Intel PRO/Wireless network connection WLAN solution. Intel Centrino mobile technology enables integrated wireless LAN connectivity, extended battery life, lighter PC designs and outstanding mobile performance and reliability.

Availability and Pricing
The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection will be featured in Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook PCs that will be introduced worldwide throughout the first quarter of this year. In 10,000-unit quantities, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection is priced at $US25.

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.


Intel, Centrino and Pentium are trademarks registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Notes:
+ Wireless connectivity and some features may require you to purchase additional software, services or external hardware. Availability of public wireless LAN access points limited. System performance measured by MobileMark* 2002. System performance, battery life, wireless performance and functionality will vary depending on your specific hardware and software configurations. See http://www.intel.com/products/centrino/more_info for more information.

§ Some security solutions may not be supported by your PC manufacturer. Check with your PC manufacturer for details on availability.

◊ Intel® PROSet for Wireless software may not be supported by your PC manufacturer. Check with your PC manufacturer for details on availability.

ENDS


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