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Intel has altered plans to introduce a dual-mode 802.11a/b WiFi chip alongside Banias, its next generation notebook processor, in Q3 2003.

The wireless technology (codenamed Calexico) which initially ships with Banias will initially support only slower speed 802.11b wireless access using radio chips from Philips, Intel confirmed today.

Integrated support for higher-speed 802.11a wireless access will come later of the first half of next year, through the launch of a hybrid 802.11a/b chip.

An Intel spokesperson said the delay in delivering a dual mode chip was needed in order to carry out additional quality assurance and testing.

"We plan to ship millions of these chips, so we're taking the time to ensure they come with the performance and reliability normally associated with Intel," she told us.

Separately, Intel yesterday announced laptops due to ship with Banias will be certified to work with Internet access client software from iPass. The aim is to make WiFi access as simple to use as Internet dial-up connections. ®

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