IEEE approves 802.11n Wi-Fi draft


— 3:04 AM on January 20, 2006

The IEEE has approved the first draft of the proposed 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. 802.11n will allow devices to use multiple antennas, each of which will be able to handle multiple signals, to improve both throughput and range. Peak data rates for the spec should eclipse 300Mbps, which would be quite an improvement over 802.11g.

Although only the first draft of the 802.11n standard has been approved, Broadcom is already shipping Wi-Fi chips made for the spec. The chips are designed to be software-upgradeable in case the standard changes, and Broadcom has pledged to ensure that they comply with the final spec.

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