Thursday, September 10, 2009

IEEE Ratifies 802.11n Standard, New Amendment Adds WLAN Scalability

The IEEE officially ratified the 802.11n standard along with an amendment for enabling greater scaling of WLANs. Wi-Fi devices supporting 802.11n have been on the market for some time and an estimated 1 million 802.11n devices are shipping per day.

More than 400 individuals from equipment and silicon suppliers, service providers, systems integrators, consultant organizations and academic institutions from more than 20 countries participated in a seven-year effort leading to IEEE 802.11n's ratification. Publication of the amendment is scheduled for mid-October.

"This was an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge that required the sustained effort and concentration of a terrific variety of participants. When we started in 2002, many of the technologies addressed in 802.11n were university research topics and had not been implemented," said Bruce Kraemer, Chair of the IEEE Wireless LAN Working Group. "The performance improvements achieved via IEEE 802.11n stand to transform the WLAN user experience, and ratification of the amendment sets the stage for a new wave of application innovation and creation of new market opportunities."

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