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Intel is to launch today its latest chip based on its Wireless Internet on a Chip technology and known under the code-name Manitoba. The chip has been developed by Intel's development facility in Petah Tikva, where 300 engineers are employed. The chip comprises an Xscale processor core, digital signal processor, Flash memory (known as StrataFlash) and flash SRAM [synchronous random-access memory] on the same chip die.

Intel will be using the Manitoba to lead it into the next generation of wireless Internet applications. One of the new chip's advantages is its combination of all components - chip, processor and various memories - in one, using the 0.13 micron technology.

Uri Barkai, head of Intel's development center in Petah Tikvah, expects commercial production of the chip to begin in the third quarter of the year.