Sprint Nextel is in talks with chip maker Intel Corp and computer makers about developing computers that have embedded connections to WiMax, an emerging high-speed wireless technology, a top executive for Sprint said on Thursday.

I'm expecting a lot of it to be embedded by 2010, said Sprint wireless-broadband executive Barry West. He expects most computer access to WiMax will be from computers with embedded WiMax rather than laptops using separate wireless modems.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew)