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Wi-Fi Alliance breaks ranks on 802.11n testing

LONDON — Broadcom has welcomed the decision taken by the Wi-Fi Alliance to speed up the testing process for 802.11n specification equipment despite the fact that the high data-rate wireless technology is still undergoing standardization within the IEEE.

The timetable, a break from usual practice, was announced by the Alliance Tuesday (Aug 29) because of the expected delays in the IEEE's ratification process.

Certification is expected to start in March 2007 once the draft standard has been approved, and the process will be updated once the full standard has been ratified within the IEEE's delayed procedure.

"This two-phase approach balances our longstanding commitment to standards-based technology with the current market need for product interoperability certification," said Wi-Fi Alliance Managing Director Frank Hanzlik. "While we are committed to supporting a full 802.11n standard when it is available, pre-standard products are reaching a level of maturity and there is enough market uptake that a certification program makes sense for the industry."

Hanzlik said it was crucial that the group keeps up the momentum towards industry acceptance of the fast data rate wireless LAN.

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