Intel’s Mr. Bluetooth (by IntelFreePress)
We got together Ericsson, Nokia, Toshiba and IBM. That probably represented 60 percent of both the cellphone and notebook markets at the time. The key was to define the goals of what we wanted to do. We formed a SIG, all agreeing that we wanted to build this universal, very low-cost, private, wireless cable.
— Jim Kardach, retired Intel mobile computing power architect
Intel’s Mr. Bluetooth - Retired chief power architect Jim Kardach recalls a 1997 assignment to design low-cost wireless into laptops, and how that led to the creation of Bluetooth technology that today allows 9 billion headsets, mobile phones, computers and other personal devices to connect wirelessly and securely.
The full story: The Man Who Named Bluetooth.
Data usage in Asia is particularly high compared to the rest of the world and therefore they’re driven to small cells much quicker. We’ve been deploying quite a few networks now in Asia with this new type of technology. Here in Europe it’s relatively slow, but it’s beginning to get underway. There’s almost a complete reversal of what we saw in the deployment of GSM and to some extent also 3G.
Perhaps most interesting is what happens in undeveloped markets. These people don’t have old networks so they can start with a new network that has many times the capacity of the old legacy networks that the developed world has. It’s particularly well-suited to developing countries that don’t have the fixed infrastructure. In African and Latin American countries where there’s no cellular coverage at the moment, they’re being serviced by satellite.
— Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys, which has been collaborating with Intel on “smart cells” for 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi access points that can increase processing power and storage at the network edge.
Wi-Fi hotspots can be found at hundreds of thousands of locations worldwide, and the Wireless Broadband Alliance predicts that deployments of wireless network access points will increase 350 percent by 2015. Just because you can connect to these open portals from your smartphone, tablet, Ultrabook or laptop, should you?
Take some common-sense precautions when you connect to a wireless network access point. Start with these 10 security tips for using public Internet portals
A research project called Video Aware Wireless Networks (VAWN) includes several leading universities dealing with the rapid growth of video on mobile devices and the expected flood traffic that could grind mobile networks to a halt.
While today’s 3G and 4G wireless networks are bringing voice, data and rich media to souped-up smartphones, there is an expected meteoric rise in mobile video demand. If it continues as it is trending today, smartphone owners may be looking as significant network traffic jams in the near future.
Cisco reports that between now and 2016, traffic on wireless networks will multiply 18 times, and will account for 130 exabytes of data per year.
"We’re hoping to develop innovations that give networks new abilities to understand and adapt to the quality requirements of various devices," said Jeffery Foerster, a principal engineer at Intel Labs. "We want to maximize both total capacity and an individual’s quality of experience, whether it’s live video entertainment, video conferencing, video sharing or live streaming on location."
Ever wondered how your email can cross the vastness of the ocean and be delivered almost instantly, anywhere in the world? It’s all down to a network of fibre-optic cables that link up the continents and transmit terabits of data every second.