ARLINGTON, Va. -- Will the wireless local-area networking (WLAN) market finally take off? JEDEC here is attempting to make the WLAN market fly by confirming the formation of a new group that will develop chip-level standards for 802.11 technology.
The group, called the JC-61 Committee-Wireless Interface Networking Group (WING), originated from several efforts led by Acer Laboratories, Conexant, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Electric and Philips.
This group will develop open industry interface standards for semiconductors between the major functional blocks. The standards will specify interfaces between radio-frequency and baseband controller devices, as well as between physical-layer and media-access controller chips.
During the JEDEX trade show this week, JEDEC announced the formation of the group and clarified its efforts in the 802.11 WLAN market.
In an story posted earlier in the week on SBN, it was incorrectly reported that JEDEC is assuming control of the
802.11 standard from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) organization (see March 27 story ).
Instead, JEDEC is working at an arm's length distance with IEEE to advance 802.11 technology. "Developing standard interfaces for the functional semiconductor modules in an 802.11 wireless LAN will give OEMs the freedom to choose the ideal combination of components from multiple vendors instead of being forced to choose the complete chip set from one vendor," said Benno Ritter, strategic marketing manager of Philips Semiconductors and chairman of the JC-61 group.