Qualcomm’s announcement of the “availability” of a chip complying with Draft 2.0 of 802.11n standard due to its acquisition of Airgo, has raised eyebrows. Conforming to a draft of the standard is not logical. In addition, the IEEE 802.11n group needs to resolve 370 issues that came out of its November meeting and a vote on Draft 2.0 is unlikely before March 2007.
Qualcomm vice-president Enrico Salvatori agreed that such silicon is not available but the company is planning for sample shipments in the second half of next year. The purchase of Airgo is designed to boost Qualcomm’s fixed-mobile convergence plans. The company looks to incorporate Draft 2.0 Wi-Fi into its Mobile Station Modem and Snapdragon chipsets.