The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a new certification program for voice-capable Wi-Fi devices, as well as the names of some of the companies that have achieved the new certification.

Spurred by the growing popularity of Wi-Fi technology and VoIP, the Wi-Fi industry developed the new certification program, called Wi-Fi Certification Voice-Personal, for devices used in homes and small offices.

"Wi-Fi-enabled devices are increasingly used for data and also multimedia applications," said Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Our certification programs deliver interoperability and quality of service between Wi-Fi Certified devices. Now, the Voice-Personal program goes to the next level, helping to ensure good voice quality for calls made over a Wi-Fi network."

Voice over Wi-Fi is typically used within mixed voice and data environments, in which multiple data streams compete for the available network resources. Products that successfully achieve Voice-Personal certification prioritize voice communication over data, audio or video traffic, and also have met strict performance levels for key metrics that ensure a quality experience in voice applications: packet loss, latency and jitter.

Broadcom, Cisco and Intel are among the list of companies that have received certification for their various Wi-Fi devices and applications.

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