Proposals Stream in for Faster Wi-Fi Standard
An IEEE working group will soon begin evaluating proposals for the next-generation standard, 802.11n, which promises speeds fast enough for an influx of new wireless applications.September is slated to bring the first comprehensive look at what is likely to be the future of Wi-Fi: 802.11n. In Berlin on Sept. 13, the IEEE 802.11n Task Group (TGn) will consider official proposals from numerous companies on what the specifications should be for the next-generation standard, which promises speeds fast enough for an influx of new wireless applications. Although a ratified standard isnt expected until late 2006, the first wave of 802.11n products could arrive in the first quarter of 2005. "Theres a good chance youll see products by then that will be software upgradable to the n standard," said Mary Cramer, strategic marketing manager at Agere Systems.
In the past, usersand consumers with home networks in particularhave purchased early products well in advance of ratification of Wi-Fi standards.