But Can Intels Centrino Really Hit the Hot Spot?
Lundquist: Intel largely gets it right with the Centrino chip set.As our review of Intels Centrino chip set outlines, the chip giant got a lot right in this new line. At the companys glitzy product launch in New York last week, company President and CEO Craig Barrett championed the chip sets low power usage and mobile capabilities, and an analysis by eWeek Labs Director John Taschek bears out most of those claims. The claims that the Centrino brand will usher in a new world of ubiquitous hot-spot computing are still, in my opinion, overexuberant compared with what is being currently delivered. If you exclude e-mail, most corporate applications still arent ready for users to be hopping in and out of the network in a wireless mode. The wireless part of the Centrino chip setthe 2100 network connectionsupports only 802.11b, while the higher-performing 802.11a is here, and the next-level 802.11g is fast approaching. For a deeper discussion of the performance differences in the 802.11 area, see our article
In an eweek.com article I filed (yes, wirelessly) from the Intel product launch, I asked readers when they thought the first wireless computer-to-computer communication took place. I received many responses, but Im afraid I have to declare the winner as one of our own eWeek staffers. Technology Editor Peter Coffee pointed out that 1977 was probably the earliest example. For the Centrino launch, Intel usurped The Whos "Going Mobile" song as its theme. Im now looking for your entries for a better song for Centrino and offer an artist-signed collectors item Spencer Katt comic book as a prize. My vote is for Lowell Georges "Dixie Chicken," which includes the line, "Well we made all the hot spots. My money flowed like wine," and more accurately reflects the costs Intel will have to bear in getting hot-spot computing as ubiquitous as the company would like.