Global Wi-Fi is Intel's Ace in the Hole for Ultrabooks

Paul Lilly

Shakespeare's Juliet famously said "that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," which is good news for AMD, seeing as how the Sunnyvale chip maker isn't allowed to call its own thin and light notebooks 'Ultrabooks,' a term Intel created for a new generation of laptops that follow specific design guidelines, one of them obviously being the use of Intel processors. There's nothing stopping AMD from promoting its own equivalent, but Intel may have a trump card.

According to Gigaom.com , Intel struck an agreement with Devicescape to use its connection manager technology so that Ultrabook owners can have access to Wi-Fi hotspots around the globe. Of course, Intel doesn't build its own Ultrabooks or tablets, but it does provide manufacturers with reference blueprints and Wi-Fi radios.

The licensed software works automatically when it detects a Wi-Fi hotspot, regardless of whether the system is awake or in sleep mode.

"Smart Connect will work on lid open and lid closed scenarios," Devicescape CEO David Fraser told Gigaom in an email. "So, you'll be automatically connected no matter the state of your PC."

It's not yet clear if Intel plans to charge users for the service or include it au gratis, the latter of which could be a deciding factor for users torn between an Intel-based or AMD-based laptop or tablet.

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