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A proposal brought forth by the EWC becomes the new 802.11n draft standard

It appears that the 802.11n wireless standard is now finally back on track. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has unanimously approved a standard that was backed by the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC). The EWC is compromised of a laundry list of industry heavy-hitters including Intel, Broadcom, Atheros, Marvell, Cisco, D-Link and Linksys.

Broadcom, Atheros and Marvell were quick to usher out press releases announcing their full support for the 802.11n draft standard. Broadcom's Intensi-fi family of WLAN chipsets along with Marvell's 88W836X family will be firmware upgradeable to support changes made to the draft standard during the qualification phase. Both will also be upgradeable to the final 802.11n standard which is expected to be ratified within the next year.

The dual-band 2.4GHz/5.8GHz 802.11n draft brought forth by the EWC support interoperability with all 802.11a/b/g networks. Wireless devices will support one to four antennas to allow simultaneous transmissions at speeds up to 600Mbps. Users are expected to see at least 100Mbps of bandwidth at the application level.

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Losing faith in IEEE...
By android1st on 1/20/2006 1:55:48 PM , Rating: 2
People are going to stop taking standards seriously if these yahoos can't get thier act together and get standards out the door. Seriously, how much revision, editing, and work do they have to do to finish a simple standard, when the technology exists in a very viable form. I wonder how much of this delay is caused by posturing on the part of Belkin, Linksys etc. as they could potentially lose quite a bit of money if the standard deviates significantly from what they are already selling.

RE: Losing faith in IEEE...
By bersl2 on 1/20/2006 3:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
Engineers want to get it right the first time. Have a little patience, unlike management for the various companies, who want to put out a product for the zeroeth revision.

RE: Losing faith in IEEE...
By czarchazm on 1/21/2006 12:45:10 PM , Rating: 2
Agreement with 'bersl2'. Engineers have a code of ethics that is based on the engineering for the good of society, not company gain. These guys are an internationally recognized Society of Engineers. They work for us.

They don't want to be locked out by Atheros
By PandaBear on 1/20/2006 2:24:20 PM , Rating: 2
From what I read, it seems like the original n standard to be approved got Atheros design that is not compatible with Marvell and Broadcom, thats why everyone hated it (locked down by Atheros' design and chip supply).

They started EWC to overthrow any "potential" monopoly of Atheros.

By quanta on 1/20/2006 7:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
In an other note, AirGo is not part of EWC. From many of the pre-N router reviews, AirGo's TrueMIMO was actually better performing than SuperG beamforming. It looks like EWC is nothing more than Athero's hunting hound disguising itself as 'standardization' body.

By Nocturnal on 1/20/2006 11:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
I heard the same thing.

Still a DRAFT version...
By Basilisk on 1/20/2006 11:27:19 AM , Rating: 3
I've been awaiting 'N' for ages, and the awaiting continues! Perhaps when it finally arrives, we find reliable compatability among high-speed wireless components in the house. Having each company create their own variant of MIMO device hasn't been encouraging.

In the short term, at least the chip makers are Promising their next products will but upgradable to the final standard!

By Basilisk on 1/20/2006 11:29:33 AM , Rating: 2
[We really do need an -edit- function here! Sigh.]

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