Intel makes more investments in WiMAX

In a move to ensure the widespread adoption of mobile WiMAX, Intel announced an agreement with the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to jointly establish a development center for Moblin, a software platform for building applications that run on devices based on Intel Atom processor technology.

Intel said new software and applications are needed to deliver a richer, on-the-go Internet experience on the next generation of connected devices including Atom-based mobile Internet devices, netbooks, nettops and in-vehicle-infotainment systems. The Moblin Enabling Center's laboratory and its engineers will train and consult to device and software vendors, resulting in faster time to market for Moblin-based devices powered by Intel Atom processors.

Intel also announced that its investment arm, Intel Capital, will invest $11.5 million in Taiwanese carrier VMAX. Intel said its investment along with its arrangement with MOEA will enable VMAX to deploy Taiwan's first mobile WiMAX network during the first half of 2009.

Intel has various investments around the world intended to foster the development and adoption of mobile WiMAX. Most notably, the company has invested $1 billion in the new Clearwire, which, subject to regulatory approval, will be a combination of Clearwire and Sprint's Xohm network. As part of the deal, Intel will work with manufacturers to embed WiMAX chips into Intel Centrino 2 processor technology-based laptops and other Intel-based mobile Internet devices, and will market the new company's service in association with Intel's performance notebook PC brand.

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