Hey everybody! Heard that Intel is going to surprise all of us in a few years by making a chip with WiFi embedded in it. Is this a joke or real info?
asked Feb 21 '12 at 09:59
What you have heard is an absolute truth. The chip which is now at the prototype stage is called Rosepoint. It combines CPU and digital WiFi radio in one unit. Still it needs to be tested and improved to be resistant to the RF emissions which will interfere and impair the operation of both CPU and WiFi radio. So Intel needs a few years to finish this project indeed.
This WiFi radio will use common wireless frequency that is equal to 2.4GHz and this Rosepoint microchip will be adapted for different devices from PC to smartphones. The size will be even smaller than now and the price will go lower. You are probably feeling yourself very happy reading this but you should not be in a hurry to walk upon air. The danger is always near.
I am talking about this WiFi radio. Remember I've mentioned 2.4GHz frequency? The same is used for all WiFi connections in any hotspot you know. And WiFi connections are not safe at all. But they could be used not only to steal your private data but also to find out where you are using WiFi embedded in this new microchip or in the other one alike. So you need to effectively use new microchip in your future smartphone without being spied by WiFi in it. New technologies are great but you must be always on your guard when dealing with them. Always.