Toshiba to Support WiMAX in Laptops

Posted by at 12:39 pm on October 9, 2008

Toshiba has announced its support of Intel and WiMAX 4G wireless broadband technology. In support of the launch of the first mobile WiMAX network in the US, Toshiba announced the Satellite U405-ST550W laptop PC will be WiMAX enabled to offer users an immersive mobile Internet experience over entire metropolitan areas. The initial WiMAX rollout is in the city of Baltimore.

“WiMAX wireless technology is built for the future,” said Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “With the incorporation of WiMAX technology into Toshiba laptops, we are confident we will provide users with the opportunity to explore a new era of wide spread connectivity and productivity.”

WiMAX broadband technology empowers Toshiba laptop PC users with the capability to access data-intensive applications, including media streaming, live video conferencing and mobile TV, through a broadband-speed wireless Internet connection with a geographical range that exceeds what’s possible via a Wi-Fi wireless hotspot.

Enabling next-generation wireless capabilities, Intel Centrino 2-based Toshiba laptops are now shipping with the first-ever combined WiMAX/Wi-Fi module, formerly codenamed “Echo Peak,” as part of the Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series.

“WiMAX is a game-changing and disruptive technology for a world that is rapidly shifting to an unwired, always connected Internet,” said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer of Intel Corporation. “Intel has worked closely with Toshiba to deliver one of the first and most innovative WiMAX-based laptops based on our Intel Core2 processors, unwrapping a gateway to new 4G speed experiences.”

The Satellite U405-ST550W will be available soon for purchase exclusively from Toshiba at www.ToshibaDirect.com.

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