1/20/2006 12:02:00 PM
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. standards
may have just added some nitro to Wi-Fi development, approving a draft
proposal Thursday for the new 802.11n specification.
The IEEE Task Group N voted to confirm the 802.11n proposal it has
developing for more than one year.
The 802.11n standard is the latest in the family of Wi-Fi standards,
theoretically offering downstream throughputs as high as 600 megabits
second. By comparison, the 802.11g standard many Wi-Fi products are
on now offers a maximum throughput of 54 mbps.
With the task group’s stamp of approval, the 802.11n standard will
way through the IEEE’s complex ratification process, which typically
about one year.
In related news, Broadcom Corp. Thursday announced the availability of
new line of wireless-local-area-network chip sets based on the draft
802.11n standard. The “Intensi-fi” chip scheme incorporates all of the
elements of the draft 802.11n standard, and it can be modified by
upgrades if the standard is altered before it is ratified.
“Now that we have the technical foundation for the 802.11n standard,
Wi-Fi market will begin to experience renewed growth as vendors
next- generation wireless devices,” said Philip Solis, senior analyst
ABI Research. “We expect suppliers like Broadcom to capitalize on this
opportunity by introducing advanced solutions that promise
and upgradeability when the standard is completed, just as it did with
draft 802.11g solutions.”
While the draft specification allows for bit rates as high as 600
Broadcom’s Intensi-fi chips are targeting data rates just north of 300
mbps. The chips also offer multiple transmit and receiving antennas
onto them to boost radio coverage.
Broadcom is targeting home and office applications for the chip set,
including delivery of HDTV files and other multimedia across a
link in a home network.