“In order to speed up the IEEE 802.11n standard development process and promote a technology specification for next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products, 27 Wi-Fi technology providers have formed the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC), the group announced today,” Electronic News reports. “The consortium designed its specification to support speeds of up to 600Mbps, and is considering the inclusion of other advanced technologies — including Space Time Block Coding (STBC) and beamforming – to allow systems to deliver greater range for wireless products across multiple market segments and support advanced multimedia applications.”
“Members include Intel, Sanyo, Sony, Toshiba, Broadcom, Cisco, Apple, Conexant, Lenovo, Airoha, Atheros, Azimuth, Buffalo, D-Link, Gateway, Linksys, LitePoint, Marvell, Metalink, NETGEAR, Ralink, Realtek, Symbol Technologies, USRobotics, WildPackets, Winbond and ZyDAS,” Electronic News reports. “The EWC specification comprises a number of technical elements, including mixed-mode interoperability with 802.11a/b/g networks to allow enhanced performance while maintaining communication with legacy devices. PHY transmission rates are supported up to 600Mbps for support of applications requiring high data rates, such as transmitting multiple HDTV streams, and reduction of battery drain by minimizing the time required to send and receive data streams.”
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MacDailyNews Note: IEEE 802.11b = Airport (11Mbps), IEEE 802.11g = Airport Extreme (54Mbps)