Intel Reaffirms Support for TGn Sync Alliance

Company says it backs the alliance's approach to achieving 100+Mbit/sec throughput in future-generation wireless networks.

In a talk about the current status of its 802.11n efforts, Intel reaffirmed its backing of the TGn Sync Alliances approach to achieving 100+Mbit/sec throughput in future-generation wireless networks.

This presentation gave a high-level technical overview to several approaches under consideration as the best blend of performance and cost in the final 802.11n spec, due in 2007.

Specifically, the IEEE Task Group N (TGn) is considering which carrier frequencies to use: The two currently under consideration are 20MHz and 40MHz.

The latter can deliver better performance at a lower cost since it requires fewer antennas and less-expensive radios.

Using the 40MHz carrier, researchers have been able to achieve top throughputs of around 240Mbits/sec, although taking into account regulatory constraints, this figure drops to about 140Mbits/sec.

One of the key components to enabling the targeted 5X performance increase over current-generation 802.11 technology is MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) achieved via SDM (spatial division multiplexing).

This differs from the approach espoused by the WWiSE (World-Wide Spectrum Efficiency), which includes chip-set makers Motorola, TI, Broadcom and Airgo.

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