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802.11n Wi-Fi Draft Fails To Gain Approval

LONDON — Watch out for a 2.0 version of an 802.11n draft standard for high data rate Wi-Fi. The first vote by members of the IEEE 802.11 working group on Draft 1.0 failed to reach the 75 percent majority required for acceptance.

Worryingly for the standards process, the draft also failed to garner a simple majority, with only 46.6 percent voting in favor of moving the draft to the next step in the IEEE process.

Companies on different side of the argument were quick to suggest that the whole process is either broken, or all part and parcel of the standardization process, and the vote was as expected.

For those who have been claiming that it is too early to start shipping draft 802.11n chipsets — as companies like Broadcom and Atheros have been doing — the first ballot is a vindication.

According to Airgo Networks CEO Greg Raleigh: "Today's outcome proves that draft 1.0 was not as stable as some in the industry would have us believe. It calls into question the validity of so-called 'draft n' products. Airgo will continue to pursue its strategy of waiting until a more mature, stable draft is established before introducing products that comply.”

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