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A third 802.11n proposal?

Wed, 09/14/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

The emergence of 802.11n, an advanced version of Wi-Fi expected to network devices at 100 Mbps or more, is already bogged down as two camps battle over what should go in the standard, but an alleged third proposal could slow it down to a standstill.

ABI Research, in a market review released this week, said four companies that hold the lion's share of the Wi-Fi chip market -- Broadcom Corp., Intel Corp., Atheros, and Marvell -- have formed a third camp that aims to write an entirely new proposal.

"It was hoped that by now the two industry groups, WWiSE and TGn Sync, would have thrashed out a single proposal," said ABI Senior Analyst Philip Solis, adding that in light of this new development, ratification of an 802.11n standard could be delayed until mid-2007 at the earliest.

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