802.11n based products have been circling the globe for well
over a year now, but there
is still no ratified standard to allow 802.11n products to really take off.
Intel today decided to step
out of the shadows by announcing its first foray into the 802.11n
The new Intel
Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN Draft-N network adapter operates on both the
2.4GHz and 5GHz spectra and can provide data rates as high as 300 Mbps.
According to Intel, the 4965AGN also provides 2x the range of 802.11g solutions
and can increase battery life for notebooks due to enhanced sleep states.
Intel noted that it has worked with leading wireless
networking vendors including Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link and Netgear to
ensure maximum performance and compatibility. Wireless-N products from the
aforementioned companies that pass Intel's certification criteria will receive
a "Connect with Centrino" logo. Interestingly enough, Linksys was not
mentioned anywhere in the press materials.
"Integrating wireless-N technology into notebook
computers based on Centrino Duo with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor delivers
the speed, coverage and multi-tasking abilities needed for consumers to enjoy
their home networking and digital entertainment," said Intel direct of
wireless marketing Dave Hofer. "Additionally, access points that are
identified by our new 'Connect with Centrino' logo assure consumers that they
are purchasing a compatible wireless-N system."
The 4965AGN wireless adapter will begin shipping in Windows
Vista-powered notebooks from Acer, ASUS, Gateway and Toshiba later this month.