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Wi-Fi chipmakers verify interoperability of 802.11n solutions

Posted: 06 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:interoperability? 802.11n? Atheros? Broadcom? Xspan?

Atheros Communications Inc. and Broadcom Corp. announced interoperability between their draft 802.11n solutions. During the last month, the companies have jointly conducted interoperability testing between Atheros' Xspan and Broadcom Intensi-fi chipsets. The WLAN solutions are said to work together at throughput speeds greater than 100Mbps, using mandatory modes of the IEEE 802.11n specification (draft 1.0).

According to the press release, this is the first in what is expected to be a series of interoperability tests conducted with wireless companies to broaden the scope of interoperable systems. Over the coming months, the testing will lay the groundwork for Wi-Fi Alliance testing when the organization's certification process is completed.

"The performance demonstrated between Atheros and Broadcom devices shows that the 802.11n draft, when adhered to and properly implemented, supports multi-vendor interoperability," said Atheros CTO Bill McFarland. "As the market moves toward these interoperable 802.11n draft chipsets, consumers will be able to purchase networking gear from numerous vendors."




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