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IEEE Fails 802.11n Standards Proposal

Posted: 20th May, 2005 By: MarkJ
The next-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi technology has suffered another set back after the IEEE refused to approve TGn Sync's latest standards proposal. Some tests have shown .11n as being capable of delivering from 100Mbps up to 1Gbps:

The proposal, put forth by the vendor group called Task Group 'n' synchronisation, or TGn Sync, did not get the support of the required 75 percent of attendees at the IEEE 802.11n task group meeting in Cairns, Australia, this week. At the first confirmation vote a few months ago, the TGn Sync plan won backing from 57 percent of the attendees. This time it got only 49 percent of the vote.

"We expected this to happen," said Boyd Bangerter, director of the radio communications lab for Intel, one of the main supporters of TGn Sync. "It's not necessarily the outcome we wanted. But that's the risk you run when you have a consensus-oriented standards process."

Little is known about .11n compared with WiMAX and UWB wireless technologies, which have their own standards problems to deal with.

Mid-2006 had previously been targeted as a release time frame, but since then we've read that 2007, possibly even 2008 for commercial launch, may be more realistic. More @ ZDNet.
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