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Certified Wireless USB to Support Higher UWB Frequencies

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The USB Implementers Forum today announced that it will add support for ultra-wideband frequencies above 6 GHz to the Wireless USB specification by the middle of 2007 as an addition to its existing support for frequencies below 5 GHz.

“Wireless USB support for frequencies above 6 GHz enables and accelerates market growth,” said Dave Fisher, CTO, Wireless, with Texas Instruments Residential Gateway and Embedded Systems Business Unit. “Upper band operation is a welcome development for the handset and consumer electronics industries as it provides flexibility for product implementations, and lets those products leverage existing USB infrastructure for added high-speed wireless connectivity.”

Products using the upper UWB bands are projected to come to market in the first half of 2008.

The Cloud Expands Metro-Scale Service to Continent

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UK hotspot builder The Cloud is in talks with 30 cities: The company had previously announced their intent to unwire city centers in about 10 UK metropolitan areas; they already operate service in The City of London, the square mile famous for finance, as well as the newer Canary Wharf district. The new deals include Stuttgart, Germany, and Karlskrona, Sweden. The company says it is talking to many other towns, too.

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iPass Opens Access to McDonald's

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Wayport operates McDonald's Wi-Fi service in a unique arrangement: iPass will now resell access to its mobile corporate customers to the 7,500 unwired McDonald's locations in the U.S. that Wayport services. iPass offers typically metered access to Wi-Fi, dial-up, and other broadband that contrasts with subscription-based, per-user services. Wayport's unique deal at McDonald's is that, at least until now, they have sold access to the entire chain on a fixed monthly fee basis as part of their Wi-Fi World arrangement announced in May 2004. In most aggregation and resale agreements, payments are made on a per-session basis from the

TRENDnet adds High Power 11b/g USB 2.0 adapter

TRENDnet today announced the TEW-445UB 108Mbps High Power Wireless USB 2.0 adapter. The adapter supports up to 23dBm transmit power for network coverage with less interference at extended ranges.

Network-equipment makers eye mobile WiMAX products in 2007

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A number of Taiwan-based network-equipment makers, including Gemtek Technology, Accton Technology and Zyxel Communications, are expected to begin commercial shipments, albeit in small volumes, of mobile WiMAX products in the first quarter of 2007, although many market sources indicated that a real takeoff of WiMAX applications isn't likely to come until 2008, according to market sources.

Full story on TG Daily

Wi-Fi Health Fear Mongering and Rumor

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Two schools in UK turn off Wi-Fi: A few scattered complaints resulted in a school in England and another in Wales turning off their Wi-Fi networks. The lack of evidence of harm appears to be no reason to not disable the networks.

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Intel's "Kedron" Wi-Fi interface gets FCC approval

Public records of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicate that Intel has received clearance for its wireless component of its upcoming "Santa Rosa" platform. Scheduled for launch in Q2 of next year, Santa Rosa will include the main chipset "Crestline" and the Wi-Fi link "Kedron," Intel's first 802.11n capable network chip.

Full story on TG Daily

Security Round-Up: Dell Updates Broadcom Drivers, NetGear Exploit Released

Dell has released a 52 MB patch for its affected drivers: The company lists a wide array of adapters including Dell Wireless 1350, 1370, 1390, 1450, and 1500, and the TrueMobile 1300 and 1400 series of mini-PCI and PC Cards. That's one huge download to replace what's apparently not a ton of code. But it must include all the associated software that runs the system, too, as well as every patch for every device.

Full story on Wi-Fi Networking News

Aussies win WiFi patent suit

A federal court in Tyler, Texas has ruled that a patent owned by an agency of the Australian government is valid and covers the core technology found in current wireless devices.

In February, 2005 the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation ("CSIRO") filed suit against Buffalo Technology, a Japanese manufacturer and Buffalo USA, its Austin, Texas-based subsidiary. The action alleged that Buffalo's 802.11a and 802.11g wireless devices infringe claims of United States Patent 5,487,069 ("the '069 patent"). The patent issued in September, 1996 and claims priority to an Australian filing in November, 1991.

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