IEEE Struggles With Video Wi-Fi Standard

The second draft of the proposed IEEE standard for 100+Mbps wireless LANs will have to wait until January 2007, months later than many had hoped. The task group responsible for the development of the 802.11n standard is sifting through 12,000 comments to draft 1.0, half of which have already been addressed. Bill McFarland, CTO for Atheros Communications, a WLAN chip vendor, called the process “tedious and time-consuming.” Once the review is done, the task group will put the draft into a letter ballot, which would need the endorsement of 75 percent of the panel’s members in order for the standard to be accepted. This would signal that the draft has attained a level of stability that would open the market for a new generation of radio chipsets and products based on the said standard. The standard is expected to get final approval in early 2008.
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