McD's, Borders keep keen eye on Wi-Fi chip rollout

McDonald's and Borders are early users of Intel's new Centrino Wi-Fi chip in the US, and there's interest in using it for wireless LANs in local branches.

McDonald's and Borders are early users of Intel’s new Centrino Wi-Fi chip in the US, and there’s interest in using it for wireless LANs in local branches.

However, no money from an Intel fund of $US150 million is expected to make its way to Centrino rollout New Zealand.

Borders has signed a deal with Intel to install Wi-Fi access at 400 stores in the US and McDonald's will test free Wi-Fi access at 10 Manhattan outlets.

McDonald's New Zealand spokeswoman Jo Hill says it’s a case of waiting and seeing how the US rollout goes.

“We’re interested to see how well the concept works. We’ll be looking at it with great interest.”

Borders New Zealand inventory manager David Dromer says he’s aware of the planned Wi-Fi access rollout in the US, but is unsure if and when it will extend to New Zealand.

The Centrino is a bundle of chipset, processor and Intel’s Pro/Wireless 2100 Network Connection, a wireless LAN module for laptops that provides Wi-Fi 802.11b connectivity.

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