Next-Gen WiFi Delayed

The super-speedy next generation WiFi standard (802.11n) could be delayed, according to some reports. Another draft of the standard was due out later this year, but now isn’t expected until the beginning of 2007. That means final ratification probably won’t be until 2008. Standards fights, especially between chip companies, is de rigeur for the wireless industry. Just check out the ongoing squabbles and the delayed deployment of UWB, ultra wideband, and you can get a feeling for the detriments that infighting brings. Then again there’s a lot of money on the table in the early days when standards are getting set, so its not a surprise that companies get a little down and dirty on these issues.


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