Monday, June 02, 2008

PAN-ing for gold

Startup Ozmo debuts today with a novel idea for scaling back Wi-Fi chips for personal-area net connections in mice, keyboards, headsets and more. Intel will enable these and other kinds of WiFi PANs under its Cliffside project as I noted below.

I talked with Todd Antes, vice president of marketing for Atheros recently about a low cost- .11n router design from the company. He said Atheros demonstrated a Cliffside like capability at CES last January, though he would not comment on whether the company has any chip in the works similar to those from Ozmo.

“Philosophically we believe in [WiFi PANs],” he said. “Notebooks are getting smaller, so it makes a lot of sense to let one radio accomplish more tasks,” he added.

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