Intel, Red-M Play Cupid for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

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from Intel (Nasdaq: INTC – news) dug into its pockets and pulled out some cash for wireless networking company Red-M. The cash infusion will be used to develop technologies that link Bluetooth wireless networks with the competition — 802.11, aka Wi-Fi. According to Red-M chief executive Michael Wilson, Intel’s cash will help Red-M link the two technologies into its Genos software platform. Part of the deal calls for Intel and Red-M to partner in order to ease the use of Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless networking for notebook and PDA (personal digital assistant) platforms built with Intel technology. That is where the payoff comes for Intel. Although financial details of the investment were not disclosed, it is safe to say Intel coughed up more than just a couple of hundred bucks. Red-M’s research and development will take a bit more than that. And Wilson was clear that Intel’s investment will help Red-M make significant progress. “This (investment) will allow us to continue our strategy of evolving Genos into a multisite, multi-technology networking platform,” he said. Close to Release Red-M is wasting no time. At nearly the same time the company announced its investment from Intel, Red-M explained that it had developed Genos “wirelessware” technology. According to Red-M, this development means it can provide advanced wireless capabilities within the environment of a commercial network. With this system, multiple networks can be merged to provide wireless access to, say, corporate intranets. In addition, the new system allows for security user authentication, access control and session management of a wireless network. Reaching Public Places Red-M’s development goals include building systems that enable mobile data, voice and video communications inside buildings and public concourses for a range of devices, such as computers, PDAs, phones and handheld computers. Already, Red-M is financed by Apax Partners, Amadeus Capital Partners and Madge Networks (Nasdaq: MADGF – news). The company also has formed technology partnerships with Motorola, Computer Associates and Toshiba. Now, the company plans to build its wirelessware technology to handle multisite networks that include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies — with the help of Intel’s checkbook, of course. Red-M said it hopes to begin commercial trials of these multi-technology networks in the last quarter of this year.



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