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Intel Tech Chief Reveals Secret Origins of the MacBook Air's Super Small Chip, Disses WiMax

Here’s something you didn’t know about the MacBook Air’s infamously tiny CPU: The shrinkage tech behind it had been collecting dust on Intel’s shelf for a couple years since no PC manufacturer was interested in it. When Apple put in the call for a dwarven chip, Intel originally thought what Apple wanted was years away on their roadmap before re-discovering the concept–a year later they had it refreshed and ready to go. Which is the usual breakneck speed Apple moves, Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner told Fortune. He also dished that they’re collaborating on more breakthrough stuff that’s “equally aggressive.”


Besides chatting about how Intel and Apple are now BFF and love working together, delivering super cool crazy tech to the masses, he said something fairly odd about WiMax, considering how much money they’ve been pumping into it. Basically, he said Intel pushed WiMax hard because at the time it was the best and easiest way to deliver broadband everywhere. Now there are alternatives, and their view is that “if WiMax succeeds, we’ll have the bandwidth. If others succeed, we’ll have the bandwidth.” Does that smell like a vote of confidence to you, or ambivalence, sprinkled with hints of regret? [Fortune]


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