AMD-hosted WLAN used to infect security hack's PC

Thursday, 25 September 2003, 10:46 AM EST

AMD would like you to know that its mobile Athlon 64 goes very nicely with 802.11 wireless networking. And in a bid to get hacks assembled at its Cannes launch event this week to think 'wireless', the chip maker thoughtfully laid on a WLAN for them to use to quickly file column inches for their respective rags.

Notebook-equipped journos without the requisite Wi-Fi support were handed some rather nice AMD Alchemy-branded 802.11b PC Cards. As for journos without laptops... well they just had to use the time honoured method of reading their copy to a typist at the other end of a phone line.

We were tickled to see AMD's temporary hot spot was powered by a pair of Apple AirPort Extreme base-stations. So much for AMD's backslapping message of support from WLAN chipset maker Atheros - the Apple kit is based on technology from Atheros' rival, Broadcom.

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