Intel's "Kedron" Wi-Fi interface gets FCC approval

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Chicago (IL) - Public records of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicate that Intel has received clearance for its wireless component of its upcoming "Santa Rosa" platform. Scheduled for launch in Q2 of next year, Santa Rosa will include the main chipset "Crestline" and the Wi-Fi link "Kedron," Intel's first 802.11n capable network chip.

Kedron will succeed the currently shipping "Pro/Wireless 3945 ABG" Centrino part. The new Wi-Fi link, which will be named "4965" when it debuts, will be available in two flavors - an 802.11n-capable "AGN" model and a simple "AG" version that supports 802.11a/b/g only. Intel will integrate the new version in a wide variety of Santa Rosa-based notebooks, which will include Core 2 Duo T7100, T7300, T7500 and T7700 processors as well as the Crestline chipset that will be introduced as "Mobile 965 GM" (including graphics) and "Mobile 965 PM".

According to sources, Intel plans to aim the 965/4965 combination first at professional business platforms, mobile workstations and most office computers. The outgoing 3945 will continue to be a part of entry-level Centrino computers, including basic business platform machines.

Santa Rosa will offer another new wireless feature: Roadmaps seen by TG Daily already line up the "1965HSD" chipset with the launch of the platform. The 1965 is Intel's first (3G) WWAN chip, which however does not appear to be an integral part of the platform, but rather an option for system builders. It is expected to support HSDPA broadband services that are offered by cellular network providers, including Cingular and Sierra Wireless.