Intel's Rosedale, which supports the 802.16 standard, will be produced using a 0.13-micron process at TSMC according to Digitimes' sources. Production of these chips will later change to a 90nm process, when they will be made by Intel.
The chipset will first be used in customer premise equipment (CPE) products and introduced in handheld devices by 2007, according to Sean Maloney, Intel Communications executive vice president and general manager.
Michael Chen, director of sales and marketing at Intel Communications Asia-Pacific stated that WiMAX technology enables chipmakers to provide a single iteration of a product for a wide range of applications. Taiwan-based makers are now gearing up to produce CPE products based on the IEEE802.16 standard, whereas makers in China and South Korea have the potential to supply base-station development, Chen stated.
Lin Long-song, president and general manager of the Intel Innovation Center in Taiwan, said the technology should benefit the CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) industry since the makers will be able to establish the infrastructure without support from ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers).
In related news, Intel will increase the number of staff at its Taiwan Innovation Center to 100 in the near future, from 50-60 currently, Lin added.