Intel, the world's largest maker of computer chips, unveiled its latest technology on January 19, 2005, an upgraded version of its Centrino chipset that, like its predecessor, was conceived in Intel's development center in Haifa. The product features new graphics and audio capabilities, faster processing and greater security features.
Intel has sold more than $5 billion worth of its Centrino chipsets since they were introduced in March 2003. The technology, designed for laptop computers, came with enhanced wireless Internet connectivity that helped push the WiFi standard to the top of the industry agenda, as well as longer battery life.
Intel's Israeli operations, which include four design centers and a manufacturing facility, lead Intel's R&D for wireless technology. Intel's next major endeavor, a chipset to support the more advanced WiMax standard for wireless Internet, is also being spearheaded in Israel. That technology is expected to be released some time next year.Jerusalem Post