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The Wi-Fi Alliance still targets late June for completion of its certification of Draft N devices: Equipment that conforms to Draft 2.0 from the 802.11 Task Group N as tested through a suite developed by the alliance will be able to display a new logo that incorporates the Draft N motif. Atheros, Broadcom, Cisco, Intel, Marvell, and Ralink provided reference designs that were part of the certification process. These products are now Draft N certified, but they’re reference designs—they can’t be purchased. Rather, the changes to these designs to reach interoperability will now filter out from the chipmakers to their OEM partners, the companies that make end user gear, like Apple, Buffalo, Linksys, and others. These OEM devices will then, in turn, receive certification as they update the firmware necessary to achieve that state and submit their equipment for testing.
Posted by Glennf at May 15, 2007 10:34 PM
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Interesting to note that QUALCOMM who acquired Airgo Networks is not even mentioned ... interesting in view of QUALCOMM's claim of 'First 802.11n Draft 2.0 compliant solution'. Glenn, what is the status of QUALCOMM in this area?
[Editor's note: The testbed for certification really has nothing to do with what individual companies are working on in Draft N or whether their products will be certified. Qualcomm may have just made the decision that it wasn't worth the time and money to get a reference design from their acquired Airgo division into the Wi-Fi Alliance labs. -gf]
Posted by: David Mozer at May 17, 2007 3:13 AM