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First Chinese WAPI Products Released

The first hardware products using China's proprietary WLAN security protocol were to be released today while the CEO of Intel urged the country to adopt open standards.

China has insisted that all WLAN equipment sold there after June 1 adhere to its WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) standard. China IWNCOMM Co Ltd. was to release its first wireless network cards and access points today that adhere to the standard, according to a report by the Chinese Xinhuanet news agency. Another company, Founder Technology, last week issued software upgrades to some of its existing products to bring those products into compliance.

The release of the Chinese products is a major victory for WAPI, according to a spokesperson for China's Broadband Wireless IP Standard (BWIPS) working group, which developed the protocol.

"The fact that a standard gets supports of products is already major progress for us," Liu Chaoyang, a spokesman for BWIPS said in the Xinhuanet report.

However, Intel CEO Craig Barrett, speaking in China, urged the country to adopt international standards.

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