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Intel launched its 'Callexico 2' tri-mode Wi-Fi adaptor for notebook PCs yesterday, as anticipated.

The part, which will ship as the ProWireless 2915ABG, adds 802.11a support to Intel's line-up of 802.11b and 802.11b/g-supporting Mini PCI add-in cards.

The chip giant took the opportunity provided by the launch to update its wireless set-up software, which is said to offer easier configuration and tougher security options, including support for Cisco's CCX technology.

The 2915ABG also supports the recently ratified 802.11i security standard, along with Wi-Fi's old WEP and newer WPA security protocols. The Wi-Fi Alliance is set to launch elements of 802.11i under the 'WPA 2' brand next month, and Intel said it expects that the new part will be certified for WPA 2 in due course.

The 2915ABG will be offered as part of Intel's range of Centrino bundles, which also include Pentium M processors and i855-series chipsets. The new adaptors will be introduced next month, with availability improving through the remainder of Q3 and into Q4, the chip giant said. Each adaptor costs $27 when purchased on 10,000-unit batches. ®

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