Wi-Fi Here, Wi-Fi There

By John Quain  |  Posted 2004-01-07 Print this article Print

A new chip from Broadcom could make Wi-Fi ubiquitous. (PC Magazine)

First your company launched a wireless network. Then you set one up in your home. Whats next? How about having Wi-Fi in your cell phone, MP3 player, or even your digital camera?

If chipmaker Broadcom Corp. has its way, the Wi-Fi juggernaut will keep rolling along. The company recently took the wraps off its tiny, low-power Wi-Fi chip called the AirForce One, a technology that promises to put built-in wireless networking into all sorts of electronics gear.

The AirForce One is the first Wi-Fi solution to combine a 2.4-GHz radio, power amplifier, 802.11b baseband processor, and medium-access controller on a single CMOS chip thats smaller than a postage stamp. By putting more than 100 components on a single chip, Broadcom claims the AirForce One requires 70 percent less transmit power, 80 percent less receive power, and 97 percent less standby power than a typical Intel Centrino Wi-Fi solution.

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John Quain John Quain is the Wireless Center Editor and wireless columnist for Ziff Davis Media. He is also the on-air Computer Consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network's overnight newscast Up to the Minute for over 7 years. In addition, Quain does occasional reports for CBS News The Early Show and has been reporting on technology and related business and entertainment news for over 20 years. Quain has appeared regularly on ABC News, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, and CNBC.

In addition to his online and on-air work, Quain currently contributes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, and technology to PC Magazine, Popular Science, Esquire, and The New York Times. Other publications Quain contributes to include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Tech Edge, and Good Housekeeping.

Past positions Quain has held include working as a Contributing Editor at Fast Company magazine for 4 years and at PC Magazine for 9 years. He also wrote a technology column for Brill's Content magazine, was the gadgets columnist at My Generation magazine, was the daily Internet columnist for Time Warner's Pathfinder, and was the computer columnist at The Globe and Mail newspaper.


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