LONDON Broadcom Corporation has named some of the companies to whom it has shipped production quantities of its draft-802.11n standard compliant Wi-Fi chips. They include Buffalo Technologies, Netgear, and US Robotics.
Broadcom (Irvine, Cal.) stresses it has shipped the draft specification version of the Intensi-fi chipsets to other leading manufacturers of 802.11n equipment that it would not identify.
Eyebrows were raised in January 2006 when Broadcom said it was ready to start shipping the chip set for 802.11n gear just a day after the IEEE unveiled the compromise draft proposal for the standard.
Atheros Communications Inc. followed a few days later saying it, too, would start sampling its XSpan family of parts for the same standard.
While medium-access control and physical-layer chips for other 802.11 versions have sampled in some cases between the completion of the draft spec and the balloting for the final standard, the Broadcom and Atheros moves were the first to take place as the ink was drying on an early draft.
“Broadcom is committed to creating a large ecosystem of standards-compliant products that provide a flawless multimedia experience,” said Michael Hurlston, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Home and Wireless Business Unit on Monday (April 24) in a statement.
The company re-asserted the 802.11n chipset complies with the current IEEE 802.11n draft specification, “and is designed to be upgradable to meet the final IEEE 802.11n specification.”
It stressed the companies it is shipping the parts to have ensured robust connectivity, “while ensuring compatibility among next generation products from Buffalo Technologies, Netgear, US Robotics and other leading manufacturers.”
Broadcom added it would continue working with other industry leaders to demonstrate interoperability among brands of next generation Wi-Fi products
The complete Intensi-fi chipset includes a draft-802.11n media access controller (MAC)/baseband chip (BCM4321) and a tuned, dual-band radio chip (BCM2055) that can be configured for a variety of high-speed wireless applications.