Summary:

The first thing you notice about WiFi is the alphabet soup.  Sure 802.11 is a standard but it comes in many different flavors.  Will you be dining on A, B, G, or the new N this evening?  This "standard" has also plagued OEMs who need to […]

The first thing you notice about WiFi is the alphabet soup.  Sure 802.11 is a standard but it comes in many different flavors.  Will you be dining on A, B, G, or the new N this evening?  This "standard" has also plagued OEMs who need to offer as many of these flavors as possible to reach the most consumers, but since this has meant multiple chips the cost is higher and the power requirement is also higher.  The announcement this week by Intel will improve this situation for both consumers and OEMs as Intel has developed a single chip WiFi solution that works with all the letters in the WiFi soup.  Hopefully the new chip technology will start appearing in PCs soon which is a very good thing.

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