Abit cooks up Wi-Fi card for PCI Express
As Asus continues to introduce
motherboards with integrated Wi-Fi, Abit has decided to take a different approach to desktop wireless connectivity. The company has announced
what it claims to be the world's first Wi-Fi card for PCI Express. Dubbed AirPace Wi-Fi
, Abit's new card is compatible with 802.11b/g networks and supports wireless speeds of up to 54Mbps. The card has a physical PCIe x1 connector, but as Abit points out, it can slip into any PCIe slot thanks to the cross-compatibility properties of the PCIe specification. Aside from using PCIe, the card appears no different from its 32-bit PCI counterparts: it has an external antenna, software access point functionality, and support for WPA protection as well as 64-bit/128-bit WEP encryption.