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Processor manufacturer Intel has announced that new technologies using WiMax will usher in an era of much greater mobility.

The group made the announcement earlier this week ahead of the Computex trade show, where the company will showcase more than 100 devices using faster chipsets to take advantage of WiMax broadband technology.

Sean Maloney, Intel Corporation executive vice-president and general manager of the sales and marketing group, said: "The convergence of mobile computers, WiMax wireless broadband and powerful, HD-rich computer technologies point to a tremendous growth opportunity."

A new Intel Atom chipset for use in compact notebooks and other mobile devices will offer customers an array of ways to connect to the internet easily, the group suggested.

Informa Telecoms, a business telecoms and media firm, notes that carriers around the world are currently deploying 281 fixed or mobile networks for consumers and commercial users.

Elsewhere, PC Pro reported earlier this week that low-cost laptops will be the dominant feature of the Computex expo, which is the world's second largest computer fair.

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