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ST joins Wi-Fi consortium

Posted: 26 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? st? Enhanced Wireless Consortium? EWC? Wi-Fi?

STMicroelectronics (ST) announced its membership of the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC), a broad coalition of Wi-Fi industry leaders formed in October 2005 to accelerate and promote development of the IEEE 802.11n high-speed wireless standard.

The new specification is being developed by the IEEE 802.11 Task Group N (TGn), which is charged with developing a next-generation Wi-Fi standard capable of sustaining higher data throughput over an extended range and with improved power management for handheld devices. According to ST, this standard will particularly be important in the WLAN market as it will build upon and extend the capabilities for the vast number of users worldwide who currently enjoy the benefits of Wi-Fi connectivity through IEEE 802.11a/g, and will ensure interoperability across the wide range of new products expected to join the market.

"Accelerating the delivery of an enhanced 802.11n public standard can only benefit the WLAN market, and ST is pleased to join EWC to assist in this aim," said Edoardo Merli, Deputy General Manager of ST's WLAN Business Unit. "Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output technology delivers significant improvements in throughput, as well as greater range and more reliable linksall key requirements for the fast growing converged Wi-Fi/Cellular device market."

Next-gen Wi-Fi standard
By proposing a specification with widespread industry support, EWC hopes to speed ratification of the 802.11n standard, while enabling the early development of high-performance WLAN products built to a common set of guidelines. The specification is designed to enable consumers to enjoy new levels of wireless performance, coverage and interoperability, by defining technologies that address emerging handheld and consumer electronics applications as well as the PC and networking equipment market.

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