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Wireless companies form consortium to enable wireless LAN products in advance of 802.11n standard

Twenty seven Wi-Fi vendors leaders have formed a coalition to accelerate the IEEE 802.11n standard development proc...


October 11, 2005  


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Twenty seven Wi-Fi vendors leaders have formed a coalition to accelerate the IEEE 802.11n standard development process and promote a technology specification for next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products.

The Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) hopes to speed ratification of an 802.11n standard, which will raise the effective throughput of wireless local area networks (WLAN) to at least 100 Mbps (megabits per second) and beyond, while enabling an ecosystem of high-performance WLAN products built to a common set of guidelines.

The group says it has developed a specification that is designed to enable consumers to enjoy new levels of wireless performance, coverage and interoperability prior to ratification of the standard.

It defines technologies that address the PC and networking equipment market, as well as emerging handheld and consumer electronic applications.

The consortium has designed its specification to support speeds of up to 600 Mbps, and is considering the inclusion of other advanced technologies — including Space Time Block Coding (STBC) and beamforming — that will enable systems to deliver greater range for wireless products across multiple market segments and support advanced multimedia applications.

The EWC will make its draft product specification available for public download and will provide implementation rights to all silicon suppliers and system vendors who join the organization. Among the current members are Apple, Cisco Systems, Intel, Sanyo, Sony, Toshiba and Symbol Technologies.