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Wi-Fi Everywhere, Intel Hopes

By Larry Greenemeier with Robin Gareiss

The same week Intel launched its Centrino mobile-chip technology, which includes the Pentium M low-power processor and a radio chip for wireless networking, Hilton Hotels Corp. and McDonald's Corp. touted new high-speed wireless initiatives. By mid-April, 50 Hilton hotels and resorts throughout North America will offer wireless Net access. The Hilton New York already has access points in its lobby, bar, and restaurant and will charge users $1.99 for the first 10 minutes of wireless access. "We're providing a service that guests now expect," says John Flack, VP of shared operational services for Hilton's IT department. McDonald's is giving one free hour of Wireless Fidelity access to Extra Value Meal buyers, but it also plans to use the technology to share information immediately with hundreds of its mobile employees. Intel CEO Craig Barrett says wireless mobile computing will improve employee productivity and alleviate some of the stress associated with working away from the office: "After 20 years of talking about it, this is really the most tangible example of the convergence of computing and communication."


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