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  • ideal_invst ideal_invst Sep 14, 2012 1:32 PM Flag

    Intel's key weapon - Digital radio - Why your next smartphone may have Intel Inside

    Check out PC Advisor. co. uk:

    By going back to scratch and basically reinventing the analog radio around digital technology, Intel can demonstrate an analog radio that scales according to digital rules. While it performs in line with its analog counterpart, it can now scale and improve with the rest of the system. Critically, it can also be built into the same chip with other digital components, which paves the way for the same dramatic improvements in performance and cost reductions. This is Intel's key weapon as it moves into smartphones-and it significantly increases the probability that your future smartphone will have Intel inside.

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    • That is not likely to happen if the "all digital" radio technology they're referring to is ultrawideband. Ultrawideband radios operate entirely in baseband and emit low energy pulses over a very wide swath of spectrum that can be as much 1GHz or more. Ultrawideband technology raises the noise floor of any spectrum it steps on. Therefore the FCC has restricted the parameters under which ultrawideband can operate for commercial applications and those restrictions normally limit the useful range to within a single room. This is how Intel's Widi works. Widi may have value for personal area communications but it's not a replacement for traditional RF communications.

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      • More info:

        Intel Labs has unveiled a working, all digital Wi-Fi radio, dubbed a “Moore’s Law Radio,” a next-generation wireless standard called WiGig, a Smart Connect Technology, and a new biometric identification technique aimed at eliminating passwords. During the Intel Developer Forum, Intel CTO Justin Rattner said the company was looking into techniques that will connect everything that computes, from “the simplest embedded sensors to the most advanced cloud datacentres.”

        The Moore's Law Radio includes Intel’s latest 22nm tri-gate digital chip processes. The system-on-chip designs for smartphones and tablet computers will be the most likely spot for the all digital radios to be integrated, the company said. The small size and lower cost of integrated digital radios will allow new applications from wearable devices to "The Internet of Things" where devices such as home appliances with sensors can communicate with each other, exchange data and can be operated remotely.

        Rattner then introduced a next-generation wireless standard called WiGig that operates in the millimeter wavelengths of the radio spectrum and delivers bandwidths well over 5 gigabits per second. Intel said the standard will sharply reduce the number of wires and enable completely wireless docks and displays.

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