WiMax broadband wireless technology will clear a hurdle Monday as Intel announces volume shipments of its Rosedale chip for the wireless broadband technology. Equipment vendors including Alvarion, Proxim, Redline Communications and ZiMax Technologies all have announced agreements to use Intel silicon in products based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard that Rosedale addresses. In addition, some equipment vendors will announce products on Monday using the chip, formally called the Intel Pro/Wireless 5116. The next major step for WiMax will be product certification and interoperability testing by the WiMax Forum, the industry body moving to commercialize 802.16 technology. Industry observers expect 802.16-2004 products, which are designed to deliver broadband services to homes and offices without wires, to be tested by the forum in this year’s third quarter and hit the market some time before year’s end.

WiMax broadband wireless technology will clear a hurdle Monday as Intel announces volume shipments of its Rosedale chip for the wireless broadband technology. Equipment vendors including Alvarion, Proxim, Redline Communications and ZiMax Technologies all have announced agreements to use Intel silicon in products based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard that Rosedale addresses. In addition, some equipment vendors will announce products on Monday using the chip, formally called the Intel Pro/Wireless 5116. The next major step for WiMax will be product certification and interoperability testing by the WiMax Forum, the industry body moving to commercialize 802.16 technology. Industry observers expect 802.16-2004 products, which are designed to deliver broadband services to homes and offices without wires, to be tested by the forum in this year’s third quarter and hit the market some time before year’s end.