Intel is upgrading its Centrino Duo laptops’ wireless component to enable connection based on the recently approved draft 802.11n specification. The company plans to offer an 802.11 a/b/g/Draft-N PCIe Minicard network adapter card that can work on both the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz spectra. It claimed that the new device can improve performance five-fold and double the wireless range of the earlier 802.11 a/g technologies. The adapter, Intel further stated, also offers an extra hour of battery life as compared to similar products.
Meanwhile, because of the early approval by the IEEE 802.11 working group of Draft 2.0, the 802.11n’s schedule has been changed. Final approval of the draft is due by the end of January, with voting expected by the end of March. The panel plans to work on Draft 3.0 and have it approved by June. With the endorsement of 75 percent of members, the draft could be the basis for the final standard, which is likely to be ratified by October 2008.