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Alienware chooses Airgo chipsets for new laptops

Alienware chooses Airgo MIMO technology to help top gamers connect to wireless networks.

Niche PC maker Alienware has chosen chipsets made by Airgo Networks to power two game-focused laptops, the companies are expected to announce Tuesday.

Alienware's 17-inch Aurora m9700 and 19-inch Aurora mALX notebooks are equipped with the Airgo's Gen3 True MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), the companies are expected to announce during the E3 Expo, a massive conference in Los Angeles dedicated to video games.

Airgo's chips are designed to connect a computer with Wi-Fi systems at speeds fast enough to make high-performance gaming possible, Airgo executives said. Dell announced in March that it would acquire Alienware.

"Because high-performance users are increasingly embracing mobile platforms, Airgo's True MIMO technology underscores Alienware's ongoing commitment to delivering the highest performance systems," Mark Vena, Alienware's vice president of marketing, said in a statement.

MIMO technology has been adopted as the core of the new IEEE 802.11n MIMO interoperability standard. MIMO is Wi-Fi certified, and can be used with any other Wi-Fi certified 802.11 device on a network, Airgo said.