Sony, Dell join WiMAX laptop parade

Just got back from a quick afternoon stop at the Intel Developer Forum, where I caught Dadi Perlmutter’s mobility keynote. Biggest news on the WiMax front was the announcement that Dell and Sony have joined the list of Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo and Panasonic as OEMs who say they will ship laptops with Intel WiMax chips embedded inside.

No hard ship dates yet, but Dadi did say something about Q1 availability, which was about what we expected when the chip-ship dates slipped a bit earlier this summer. There were also some cool MIDs (mobile Internet devices) hanging out, though no WiMax connectivity for testing purposes (can you say missed marketing opportunity?).

No new WiMax network updates, though Clearwire CTO John Saw (who we interviewed for our QuickCut Report on WiMax Spectrum) did address the audience via a VoIP-teleconference-over-Mobile-WiMax link. In terms of a live demo the call went fine, with no detectable jitter or latency from the cheap seats at Moscone West. Saw did use his small bit of time to take a dig at the ongoing iPhone 3G congestion issues, saying that you knew he was using something faster than 3G since there were no “buffering” messages and you could watch him wave his hand in real time.

Still, after putting a billion-six into Clearwire, you think Intel would have put together a live WiMax demo for the developer crowd, who would love geeking out in the trucks… guess we will have to wait until CES for the big WiMax marketing push.

Paul Kapustka is the editor of Sidecut Reports, which has recently published a report on how Clearwire’s spectrum holdings give the new provider a boost in the wireless broadband deployment battle.

About Paul Kapustka

Paul Kapustka is a longtime journalist who has spent more than two decades covering the information technology business, Paul most recently has been focusing on mobility and how it has changed the computing and collaborative landscape. His newest project outside Mobile Enterprise 360 is a research and analysis operation called WiFi Journal. He is also editor in chief of Mobile Sports Report, which covers the intersection of mobile technology and sports business. Paul is also the founder of Sidecut Reports, a research firm that covered the emergence of 4G technology in the cellular marketplace.