Wi-Fi chipset maker Ralink Technology today announced what it claims is the industry's "longest range" draft-802.11n Wi-Fi chipset. The company said its RT2800 chipset "doubles the range of high-performance wireless systems" through the use of patented, low-noise circuitry. Ralink also said the chipset is designed so that changes to the current draft-802.11n standard can be done via firmware upgrade.
Wi-Fi Array maker Xirrus today announced the launch of the Xirrus 802.11n Upgrade Guarantee Program. The program provides customers with a pay-for 802.11n technology upgrade path on Arrays purchased in advance of the standard's ratification, which is expected sometime in 2008.
Xirrus said it can offer the upgrade due to the Arrays modular design. All RF components are located on modular printed circuit boards which can be replaced when 802.11n radio modules are available. An upgrade to an Array's firmware-based 802.11 MAC will also be required.
Gateway Computer has joined other PC manufacturers in offering draft 802.11n wireless options for its consumer lines of desktop and notebook PCs. Marvell announced that Gateway is using its TopDog draft 802.11n WLAN technology in Gateway's" consumer lines of desktop and notebook PCs".
Earlier this month, Broadcom announced that Lenovo is using Broadcom's Intensi-fi 11n chipset in Lenovo's new N100 widescreen notebook. And back in July, Dell began offering draft 11n wireless options using Broadcom's chipset in "select Inspiron" notebook models and its XPS notebook line.
Wireless Draft N is now available as an option on the DX420 line of desktop PCs for $49 and will be available in notebooks in January 2007.
Ruckus Wireless today announced that it is developing a wireless multimedia streaming product based on draft 802.11n technology. The company intends to demonstrate a prototype at January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Atheros Communications Monday announced that Lenovo has introduced several new "enterprise- class" notebooks featuring Atheros' XSPAN draft 1.0 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) technology.
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