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Apple dives into draft 11n

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The former-computer company—renamed from Apple Computer to just Apple today—has gone Draft N happy. Their new Airport Extreme version will have no new, special name, and support both 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n) and 5 GHz (802.11a/n).

Computers shipped to date with Intel Core 2 Duo chips (with the exception of a single iMac model) can be upgraded to add Draft N capability through a firmware patch due in February along with the updated base station.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup goes public

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has rolled out its long-expected and openly discussed WPS system for its members to choose to implement and have certified as a component of their Wi-Fi devices. With WPS, a router can provide strong WPA/WPA2 encryption keys to client devices with the push of a button or the entry of a 4- or 8-digit personal identification number (PIN).

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ASUS demoing UWB HDMI connection system

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(LAS VEGAS, NV) ASUS today announced that it is introducing a new line of 'Wireless for HDMI' products, including accessory devices and embedded designs to simplify connections between home audio and video electronic components. The new products use Tzero ultra wideband and Analog Devices JPEG2000 technologies and are aimed at distribution of high-definition video streams around the home.

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Ruckus Wireless intros 'Video-Grade' USB wireless adapter

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(LAS VEGAS, NV) Ruckus Wireless today introduced the MediaFlex USB Dongle that is designed to provide stable, wireless connectivity to in-home multimedia devices such as set-tops and media center systems.

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D-Link to intro dual-band draft 11n router

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(LAS VEGAS, NV) D-Link announced that it will debut its first dual-band draft 802.11n Wireless Router at next week's CES.

The DIR-855 includes a 4-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch, WEP, WPA and WPA2 wireless security, NAT+SPI firewall and QoS engine for automatic prioritization of real-time application traffic.

The router is expected to ship in "late Q1", with pricing to be announced at time of shipment.

Pulse~LINK to show UWB 'Whole-Home' Interactive HD Solution at CES

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(Las Vegas, NV) UWB patent-meister Pulse~LINK announced that it be demonstrating its UWB-based CWave Whole-Home Interactive HD system at next week's Consumer Electronics show.

The system claims "true room-to-room networking of interactive HD multimedia content" using UWB technology. But it uses a home's coax cabling for the room-to-room part and goes wireless only within a room.

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Wisair announces Wireless USB reference design duo

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(CAMPBELL, CA) Ultra Wideband chipmaker Wisair today announced two new Wireless USB reference designs. Both designs use the company's latest 542 Certified Wireless USB chip, which was recently granted WiMedia PHY registration.

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Atheros intros dual-band draft 11n chipset and wireless network processors

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(SANTA CLARA, CA) Atheros today launched its "highest performance 802.11n solution to date". The AR5008AP-3NX2 chipset, combines Atheros XSPAN draft 802.11n technology with a newWireless Network Processor Unit (WNPU). The chipset supports concurrent 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WLAN and is said to deliver "up to 600 Mbps aggregate physical data rates"

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802.11n High Speed Wireless LAN - Overview and Latest Status

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The emerging IEEE 802.11n WLAN (Wireless LAN) transmission technology based on MIMO (Multiple Inputs/Multiple Outputs) guarantees throughput of at least 100 Mbps but can deliver up to 600 Mbps depending on the complexity of the radio and on the environment. Although today's 802.11 networks can reach data rates of 54Mbps, the actual throughput is typically less than 30 Mbps due to protocol inefficiencies. 802.11n is expected to deliver true 100 Mbps throughput as measured at the MAC SAP (service access point) interface and will, therefore, more than triple the transmission speed of WLANs.

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Gefen Announces UWB Products (Again)

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A/V equipment maker Gefen says they’ll ship several ultrawideband cable replacements in 2007. The company will ship the Wireless USB Extender, a four-port USB hub that connects via UWB to a USB dongle on a computer, for $249 in January. Of course, last January, they said, “Cable-free USB 2.0 extension is a reality for…Gefen…The unit…marks the initial release of UWB-enabled product for the US market.”

Ha, ha! Just kidding! We meant, January 2007! Last year’s product, which they claimed to “showcase” at CES wasn’t really shown. At Macworld Expo, a few days later, I asked Mr. Gefen himself for a demo, but they didn’t even have a plastic brick as a prototype. Belkin had a plastic brick at their booth, but it had no innards. Both Belkin and Gefen had planned to be the early partners of Freescale, which now is apparently out of the UWB business, as far as the tea leaves suggest.

Full story on Wi-Fi Net News.

Atheros completes Attansic Technology Company acquisition

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Atheros Communications today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Attansic Technology Company, a privately held Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company specializing in Fast and Gigabit Ethernet integrated circuit solutions for PC, access point (AP) and router applications.

Atheros announced on Oct. 23, 2006, that it signed a definitive agreement to purchase Attansic, noting that the acquisition enables Atheros to provide a "complete suite" of wireless and wired LAN technologies to its networking and PC OEM customers. Attansic previously was a majority-owned subsidiary of ASUSTek Computer Inc.

Attansic engineering personnel will reside in Shanghai and Atheros' Taiwan Research & Development Center located in Hsinchu Science Park.

Ralink announces "long range" draft 11n chip

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Wi-Fi chipset maker Ralink Technology today announced what it claims is the industry's "longest range" draft-802.11n Wi-Fi chipset. The company said its RT2800 chipset "doubles the range of high-performance wireless systems" through the use of patented, low-noise circuitry. Ralink also said the chipset is designed so that changes to the current draft-802.11n standard can be done via firmware upgrade.

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Verizon rolls out EVDO Rev A card

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Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless today announced that the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 PC card for EVDO Revision A networks is now available for use with Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service. This is the first EVDO Revision A-compatible PC card to launch on the Verizon Wireless network.

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UWB Heads to Handsets with Staccato, SK Telecom Partnership

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Staccato’s ultrawideband chip will find its way into SK Telecom handsets: The UWB product will support the host of WiMedia protocols and standards, some still under development, and allow a handset to communicate via TCP/IP (WiNet), Bluetooth (version 3.0!), and Certified Wireless USB.

This should open tremendous possibilities for a cell phone’s interaction with home electronics—hey, it’s a remote control!—and PCs, allowing simple transfer, simple network access, and other features.

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FCC approves DS-OFDM UWB Modulation Technique

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Focus Enhancements today announced it has received FCC approval for its Ultra Wideband (UWB) DS-OFDM modulation scheme. The approval was granted without the waiver restrictions that are currently being applied to the WiMedia Standard UWB technology.

DS-OFDM UWB radios will be able to use all or any part of the 3.1 to 10.6 GHz spectrum allocated by the FCC. Focus said "UWB rates and distances will be significantly increased using DS-OFDM architecture".

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HP and Cingular Wireless Introduce Global Mobile Broadband Notebook

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HP and Cingular Wireless today announced availability of what is claimed to be the first notebook PC in the United States to feature built-in global mobile broadband capabilities.

HP said its Compaq nc6400 Notebook PC with integrated Cingular Wireless UMTS/HSDPA-based technology is the first notebook with a tri-band UMTS modem supporting data rates of up to 3.6 Mbps. It can access mobile broadband service in the United States via Cingular Wireless BroadbandConnect or high-speed EDGE services and in more than 115 countries where UMTS or GPRS/EDGE networks are available.

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Intel demos its first mobile WiMAX chip

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Intel has announced that it built its first WiMAX baseband chip for laptops. The WiMAX Connect 2300 chip, combined with a radio antenna, could be a long-range replacement for 802.11 Wi-Fi and cellular networks by providing multi-megabit speeds over several kilometers. Intel has also incorporated multiple antennas to increase speed and signal strength.

The chip was demonstrated in a prototype Intel Centrino Duo laptop with mobile WiMAX, Wi-Fi and HSDPA. Intel says the chip uses the same software for current WiMAX and Wi-Fi devices which certainly will ease headaches for laptop makers. The company also claims the chip has low power requirements.

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Xirrus adds draft 11n upgrade guarantee, for a price

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Wi-Fi Array maker Xirrus today announced the launch of the Xirrus 802.11n Upgrade Guarantee Program. The program provides customers with a pay-for 802.11n technology upgrade path on Arrays purchased in advance of the standard's ratification, which is expected sometime in 2008.

Xirrus said it can offer the upgrade due to the Array’s modular design. All RF components are located on modular printed circuit boards which can be replaced when 802.11n radio modules are available. An upgrade to an Array's firmware-based 802.11 MAC will also be required.

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Streamlined Hotspot Logins for Portable Devices

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Devicescape launches new service, software, to reduce friction: The company opened its public beta to enable portable Wi-Fi-equipped devices to attach themselves to hotspots without the tedium--when it's even possible--of logging in.

Devicescape, until now, has been known as an embedded Wi-Fi driver developer, making network software that runs on devices that have very little space and very little battery power to carry out that task. They're leveraging their knowledge and experience in launching this new service.

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Atheros launches 802.11g PCI Express chip

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Atheros Communications today announced the Atheros AR5007EG - a 802.11g PCI Express (PCIe) device that includes both low noise amplifier (LNA) and power amplifier (PA), in a low-cost, single-chip digital CMOS design.

The device is targeted at lowering the cost of adding 802.11b/g wireless connectivity to both notebook and desktop PCs. Its advantages include a 50 percent reduction in the printed circuit board cost and 25 percent reduction in rest of bill-of-materials (RBOM) component count over previous generation board designs.

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