Atheros single-chip solutions, due in the first half of next year, will support 802.11g and 802.11a/g, Barratt said. Meanwhile, Atheros next week plans to unveil a new generation of WLAN components. While not single-chip, they will consume less power than the companys previous chip setas few as 4 milliamps in standby mode, Barratt said.Intel, for its part, has not publicized power consumption on its Centrino road map, which calls for a chip set that supports 802.11g by the end of the year. However, the companys Radio Free Intel campaign is all about consolidating silicon. "Our ultimate vision is that every piece of silicon has a radio in it," said Dan Francisco, a spokesman for Intel, in San Jose, Calif. He added that this wont happen for years. Discuss this in the eWeek forum.
The new chip sets focus on distance, more than doubling the range of 802.11a and 802.11g signals. They also include a "wake-on wireless" capability that lets IT administrators remotely manage devices on the WLAN the same way they would manage computers on wired Ethernet.