Broadcom to Jump the Gun on 802.11n
WLAN products based on emerging 802.11n are in the pipeline.An emerging IEEE standard that promises Fast Ethernet speeds for wireless LANs wont likely be ratified before late 2005, but as with previous WLAN protocols, Broadcom Corp. is planning to jump the gun by releasing "prestandard" products. Still in the project authorization phase, 802.11n is designed to increase WLAN speeds to at least 100M bps for data and actual throughput rates.
Unlike current ratified Wi-Fi standards802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g802.11n focuses on throughput at the MAC (media access control) interface, rather than as a signaling bit rate in the physical layer. This means the throughput rates will more likely match the highest-possible data rates, said IEEE officials, in Piscataway, N.J.