802.11n High Speed Wi-Fi Approved

The IEEE 802.11n task group has approved the first draft of the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, which uses MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) technology to support much faster speeds than current Wi-Fi technologies like 802.11a, b or g. The vote within the task group was unanimous, but there are many more steps remaining before the final draft of the specification is expected in 2007.

As we noted last week, this is a direct result of the efforts of the task group's Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) and Joint Proposal (JP) team to align their proposals — The Register offers a nice breakdown of the process involved in those negotiations, and also notes that Broadcom has immediately jumped on the bandwagon by sampling new 802.11n chipsets, branded as 'Intensi-fi' technology.

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