Wi-Fi standards battle hots up

Leading Wi-Fi chip manufacturers are to introduce a new transmission technology in an attempt to force through a faster solution via the standards process.


Leading Wi-Fi chip manufacturers are to introduce a new transmission technology in an attempt to force through a faster solution via the standards process.

Intel, Broadcom, Atheros and other companies were not happy with the current IEEE Wi-Fi standards process and have vowed to introduce their new 802.11n standard, after it became mired in a standards fight against rival suppliers.

The new standard is expected to be based on a technology called multiple-input/multiple-output (Mimo), which promises to boost data throughput on wireless LANs to over 300mbps. Current 802.11-based standards only deliver speeds of between 11 and 54mbps.

Both camps in the standards battle support Mimo in some form, but Intel and the others wanted to bring their specification forward against the will of suppliers including Broadcom, Motorola, Nokia and Texas Instruments.

Intel and the others now want to force the issue by bringing a specification for Mimo to the IEEE in November – more quickly than the other companies intended.

Intel expects more detail in the solution to be added next year. It feels its strategy will allow the industry to introduce commercial solutions much quicker.

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