HP, Dell Quiet on WiMax for Laptop Computers
Hewlett-Packard and Dell, the PC vendor giants, did not announce notebooks to support WiMax on Oct. 8, the day Sprint launched the WiMax network in Baltimore. Acer, Lenovo and other OEMs announced several laptops that support WiMax. HP says it is still testing WiMax, while Dell says its Latitude E line of laptops, launched in August, is already WiMax-enabled.While Lenovo, Acer and a host of other PC vendors are offering up WiMax options with their laptops, the world's two largest suppliers of PCs-Hewlett-Packard and Dell-are taking a wait-and-see attitude for the time being. On Oct. 8, the same day Sprint and Intel in Baltimore rolled out Xohm, the first commercially available U.S. WiMax network, Lenovo and Acer were two of several top OEMs that were ready to offer their users access to the new network through their laptops. While that proved a promising sign for Sprint and Intel, the two biggest backers of WiMax technology to date, HP and Dell were notably absent.
While HP, the world's top PC maker, and Dell, the world's second-largest PC vendor, each make a number of laptops that carry Intel's WiMax technology through the chip maker's Centrino 2 mobile platform, neither company is currently prepared to offer that wireless broadband option to its customers.