Wireless LAN Group Offers Spec

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The Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) has published its draft specification for high-speed wireless LANs on its Web site, the group has announced.

The group went public on last week saying its members had developed a compromise draft specification to help speed development of the IEEE 802.11n standard.

The EWC includes some of the biggest players in wireless LANs, such as Intel, Broadcom, Atheros Communications, and Cisco Systems. The group, which claimed 27 members at its launch last week, now lists 30 members on its Web site.

Compromise Spec

The EWC draft specification is offered as a compromise technology. Industry players have been in debate regarding two technical approaches proposed for IEEE 802.11n, which is intended as an open standard for wireless LANs that deliver at least 100 megabits per second, EWC officials said earlier this week.

Airgo Networks, one of the biggest vendors of chips used today in pre-standard high-speed gear, said on Tuesday that the chip vendors behind the EWC had developed the specification in private and provided access to it in a discriminatory way. Airgo has not joined the group.

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