Airgo, Samsung Launch World's First MIMO Laptop

Kirk L. Kroeker,
Thu Jun 2, 1:57 PM ET

Samsung announced on Wednesday that it will ship new laptops with embedded MIMO Wi-Fi technology based on Airgo's True MIMO chipset.

The new Samsung X20 models will offer MIMO-enhanced wireless connections while maintaining interoperability with 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11a/g devices.

MIMO -- which stands for multiple-in, multiple-out -- is a wireless technology that relies on multiple antennas at both network points to reduce latency and increase bandwidth.

The new Samsung X20 laptops are based on Airgo's second-generation MIMO chipset that is said to offer faster and more reliable wireless connectivity over earlier versions of the chips.

"As people rely more on wireless connectivity for their computer networking at work and at home, they are learning that the quality of their wireless connection is one of the most important buying factors in choosing a notebook computer," said Greg Raleigh, president and chief executive of Airgo Networks.

Airgo has positioned its True MIMO chipset as an alternative to the Intel (Nasdaq: INTC - news) Centrino chipset.

According to third-party testing conducted by The Tolly Group, Samsung laptops with embedded True MIMO technology provide eight times the speed and 13 times the coverage area compared to the same Centrino-based notebook.

Airgo claims that in power-consumption tests, True MIMO technology is 2.1 times more energy efficient than Centrino wireless.

The new Samsung X20 laptops with embedded Airgo True MIMO technology are compliant with the current IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards.

In addition to the Samsung laptop, Airgo's MIMO technology is shipping in products from several retail Wi-Fi manufacturers.

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