Intel today officially introduced its draft 802.11n chipset. The company described its Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, as "an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops".
The release contained no hard specs and was even vague on whether the product has dual-band capability (it does). It was noted, however, that the new chipset offers "up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range" and would provide "up to an extra hour of notebook battery life" when compared to existing Draft-N products.
Atheros issued a statement today reporting that "all of the 3,000 technical comments to the 802.11n draft 1.0 have now been resolved" and that there was "unanimous approval" for the creation of a draft 1.10.
A 15-day letter ballot will now take place to determine whether a 2.0 version based on the 1.10 draft should be created and submitted for technical review (via a 30-day letter ballot).
Originally scheduled for Q2 launch, Intel's new Wi-Fi chipset code-named "Kedron" will be unveiled at an event next Tuesday, TG Daily has learned.
Kedron is the wireless component and was intended to be introduced in tandem with the new mobile chipset code-named "Santa Rosa" in Q2 of this year. Kedron will be based on the draft-n wireless standard and promises to increase data transfer bandwidth as well as range of wireless devices.
Steve Jobs directly confirmed to one questioner that Apple would charge for its 802.11n enabler for existing Macintoshes. A reader who prefers to remain anonymous forwarded to Glenn Fleishman of Wi-Fi Networking News the mail he sent to Steve Jobs, Apples CEO, and the reply he received. He included mail headers so that I can confirm the mail is legitimate.
The reader asked Jobs whether press reports were in error that Apple would charge $5 for an enabler that would turn on the 802.11n functions in most Core 2 Duo and Xeon systems shipped in 2006. Jobs replied, simply, Its the law, which would confirm that the Sarbanes-Oxley requirement that seemed bizarre to me is, in fact, correct.
The former-computer companyrenamed from Apple Computer to just Apple todayhas 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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(Las Vegas, NV) D-Link today at CES announced the DSM-750 MediaLounge Wireless Media Player that can display HD video and that incorporates draft 802.11n wireless.
Ads in the current version of PC World provide a peek at some of the products that Linksys may announce during CES. The Cisco division won't be present in any of the show's venues, but will hold private meetings in an offsite hotel suite.
(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.
(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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