The Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday drew a line in the sand for so-called “pre-standard products,” stating that it would not certify early 802.11n products before the standard is certified by the IEEE standards body.
Moreover, the organization said, the Alliance will strip certification claims from those companies that claim 802.11n compatibility but whose products impede the performance of other, separate products.
The move seems squarely aimed at wireless chip makers like Broadcom Corp., which have already said that they would deliver products consistent with the next-generation 802.11n standard before the end of this year.
The 802.11n standard is designed to ratchet up the data rate of todays Wi-Fi products, increasing the networking standards bandwidth to meet the capabilities of WiMAX and other next-generation networking protocols.
However, a draft 802.11n standard has not been ratified as yet, although industry coalitions have begun drawing battle lines, trying to influence the standards-making process.