Intel hops on the 802.11n bandwagon

The 802.11n specification isn’t yet complete, but Intel has gone ahead and launched an 802.11n Wi-Fi card for notebooks anyway. The card, which bears a 4965AGN model number, is based on the 802.11n draft specification. It slips into mobile PCI Express slots and supports speeds of up to 300Mbps at twice the range of Intel’s 802.11a/g products. Intel says the 4965AGN can be used in existing Centrino Duo notebooks, and the company has even launched a “Connect with Centrino” initiative to push 802.11n under the Centrino banner. As part of the initiative, Intel has worked with wireless access point vendors including Asus, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link, and Netgear to ensure compatibility with its new Wi-Fi card. Certified compatible products will be differentiated with a “Connect with Centrino” label on their packaging.

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