Intel gets FCC approval for wireless broadband chip

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Intel gets FCC approval for wireless broadband chip

Chicago (IL) – Intel’s first wireless broadband chip has made it through the approval process of the Federal communications Commission (FCC). Images of a Nokia-built PCI Express Mini Card using the “Wireless WAN Link 1965 HSD” chip surfaced today on the FCC website.

There are few details available about the chip, which will be integrated, at least in this Nokia version, in notebooks. We know that the 1965 HSD will be using HSDPA broadband services and was scheduled to launch with the new Santa Rosa chipset and the new Wi-Fi chips 4965AG/AGN in the second quarter of this year. However, since Intel decided to launch the 4965AG/AGN already next week, there is a good chance that we will see an announcement of the 1965 HSD next week as well.

In a separate filing, UMPC maker OQO also received approval for a wireless broadband “mini card.” The card will use EV-DO wireless broadband, with service being provided by Novatel Wireless. The device should soon be announced as an option for the recently introduced OQO model 02.

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