Intel will unveil a multi-company initiative to support a 480
Mbit/s wireless USB technology over 10 meters based on UWB. Backers will include
Dolby Labs and many of the companies currently supporting the wired USB 2.0
specification, said an Intel spokesman. The wireless USB initiative and the
Intel chip will be based on the multiband OFDM technology backed by an industry
alliance that includes Intel. It will also be supported by the WiMedia Alliance
that is helping define UWB software interoperability. The wireless USB chips are
not expected to ship in products until 2005.

The Intel spokesman would not confirm or deny reports that the company will
demonstrate a 64-bit x86 at IDF. However, he did say “the subject will be
brokered,” probably in the keynote address of Craig Barrett, Intel’s chief
executive. Intel will also announce its first 90-nm communications processors at
IDF with plans to apply the in-house technology across its portfolio of wired
and wireless parts. In total, Intel will make as many as 16 new announcements at
IDF. Third parties are planning about a dozen more. Other news at IDF will
include new tools to ensure interoperability of digital home products, new NOR
flash technology and the creation of a memory implementers’ forum to address
issues with DDR II and a front-side bus in-line memory module.

Intel will unveil a multi-company initiative to support a 480
Mbit/s wireless USB technology over 10 meters based on UWB. Backers will include
Dolby Labs and many of the companies currently supporting the wired USB 2.0
specification, said an Intel spokesman. The wireless USB initiative and the
Intel chip will be based on the multiband OFDM technology backed by an industry
alliance that includes Intel. It will also be supported by the WiMedia Alliance
that is helping define UWB software interoperability. The wireless USB chips are
not expected to ship in products until 2005.

The Intel spokesman would not confirm or deny reports that the company will
demonstrate a 64-bit x86 at IDF. However, he did say "the subject will be
brokered," probably in the keynote address of Craig Barrett, Intel’s chief
executive. Intel will also announce its first 90-nm communications processors at
IDF with plans to apply the in-house technology across its portfolio of wired
and wireless parts. In total, Intel will make as many as 16 new announcements at
IDF. Third parties are planning about a dozen more. Other news at IDF will
include new tools to ensure interoperability of digital home products, new NOR
flash technology and the creation of a memory implementers’ forum to address
issues with DDR II and a front-side bus in-line memory module.