When Barry West, the president of the Xohm Business Unit for Sprint Nextel, presented Xohm's WiMAX service at a Baltimore launch event last week, he said there were going to be about a dozen laptops with WiMAX capabilities by December and that there were 20 devices in the pipeline.
Those devices have been unveiled, in a report posted on Publish.com. The line of laptops running on Sprint's WiMAX service include two Acer Aspire models, three from Asus, a slew of Lenovo Thinkpad models and Toshiba's Satellite U405-ST550W model. All of these were confirmed by an Intel spokeswoman. Intel is one of the investors in the new Clearwire, which was announce last May and is expected to close at year-end. The new Clearwire will be a joint venture between the existing Clearwire and Sprint Nextel's WiMAX business with a $3.2 billion investment from Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner and others.
The report also said that Dell's Latitude "E" line will run on WiMAX. The Intel spokeswoman said Dell has not said what specific laptops will run on WiMAX, and has only expressed general support for the technology.
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