Intel, Nokia sign WiMAX deal

Intel won a mobile WiMAX chip order from the world's top mobile phone maker Nokia, which will use its semiconductors in Internet-focused devices from 2008, a Reuters report said.

The Reuters report quoted a Nokia spokeswoman as saying that Nokia will roll out the first WiMAX-enabled Internet tablets using Intel chips in the first half of 2008.

Intel has had little success in the mobile phone chip market and ended up selling its cellular chip unit to Marvell last year, the report said.

Its push behind short-range wireless technology Wi-Fi was a big factor in the widespread adoption of that technology, the report added.

Texas Instrument is Nokia's largest chip supplier, and it also uses STMicroelectronics, Broadcom and Infineon as suppliers.

Currently, Nokia is not manufacturing mobile devices using Intel chips.
Intel said the companies were testing interoperability across Intel's forthcoming WiMAX silicon

'Baxter Peak' for laptops and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and Nokia Siemens Networks' WiMAX infrastructure equipment, the report further said.