Intel speeds up Centrino Wi-Fi, slowly

As sweet as the Pentium M's performance is, and as cool as the 855PM chipset's power saving features are, Intel's Centrino mobile platform has been sorely lacking when it comes to Wi-Fi speed. Since Centrino's launch, Intel has only offered an 802.11b Wi-Fi adapter. Wireless 11MBps networking is great and all, but with faster 802.11a and 802.11g networking equipment widely available, 802.11b doesn't look so hot.

Thankfully, Intel is slowly bringing its Centrino Wi-Fi capabilities, er, up to speed. Centrinos are now available with an Intel Pro/Wireless 2100A Wi-Fi adapter compatible with 802.11a/b networks. However, those holding out for 802.11g support still have a while to wait. Intel's 802.11b/g chip reportedly won't sample until the end of the year, and its 802.11a/b/g part won't come until the second half of next year.

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