Intel announced its first 802.11g wireless chip for notebooks bearing the Centrino banner, the company says in a release on Thursday. The Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG chip allows users to connect to either 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networks. Intel is shipping the chip to its notebook customers with systems expected worldwide during the first quarter, says Dan Francisco, an Intel spokesperson.

The Centrino package of the Pentium M processor, a mobile chip set, and the Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 chip was introduced in March of last year with 802.11b capability.

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