The 802.11n Wi-Fi standard has the potential to exceed the popularity of the 802.11g Wi-Fi version that prevails today, according to ABI Research. But in case anyone remains oblivious to the fact that the 802.11n specification has yet to be finalized and ratified as a standard, ABI reminds the market to be wary of current 802.11n product.
ABI's new study, "Next-Generation Wi-Fi: 802.11n - Chipsets, Technologies, and Market Drivers," covers the companies who are likely to provide 802.11n ICs before final ratification (or who have specifically said they will do so), including Broadcom, Atheros, Intel, Marvell, Texas Instruments, and Conexant, in addition to Airgo Networks, the company that proposed the underlying technology for the standard.
ABI notes shipments of current-generation 802.11g ICs reached 150 million units this year. The research organization expects 802.11n, which provides average data peeds of 150 Mbps and peak speeds of 600 Mbps, will find a place in a broader set of consumer electronics than its predecessor.
Some chipset vendors will focus on the high-performance segments of video and multimedia distribution; others will offer solutions that are "good-enough" in performance but at lower price points for segments such as data networking, ABI notes.