11/19/2002 - Broadcom, the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, joined a range of technology companies in issuing a statement of support for the forthcoming IEEE 802.11g wireless local area networking (WLAN) standard. The new standard provides almost five times the speed of existing 802.11b Wi-FiTM networks while maintaining backward compatibility with those devices. The companies voicing their support in today’s statement include AMD, Belkin, Broadcom, Bromax, Fujitsu, HP, Linksys, Melco/Buffalo and NETGEAR.
The 802.11g specification is in the approval process of the International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards committee. The IEEE also specified IEEE 802.11b, the dominant standard for wireless networks today.
Just as wired LAN standards evolved from 10 Mbps Ethernet to Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), the wireless LAN standards are evolving as well, providing a bridge for backward compatibility of existing users. The installed base of wireless LAN users employs 802.11b Wi-Fi at 11 Mbps, which operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum. The anticipated 802.11g specification is an improvement analogous to that of Fast Ethernet over 10 Mbps Ethernet. In this case, the new standard provides up to 54 Mbps data transfer in the same 2.4 GHz frequency band, providing complete compatibility with the installed base.
Statement of Industry Support
The joint statement of industry support consists of the following:
We applaud the progress of the IEEE 802.11g task group and believe that ratification of the 802.11g draft specification will be an important step in attaining high-speed wireless LAN access. We are in strong support of this technology because it provides a significant performance improvement over 802.11b, while maintaining backward compatibility with the installed base of almost 30 million 802.11b devices.
“HP will continue to lead the wireless revolution by delivering a compelling wireless LAN experience to its customers with standards-based technologies. We believe the upcoming 802.11g standard, with great range, high-speed 54 Mbps performance and backwards-compatibility with Wi-Fi networks, will be a widely accepted standard in the home and small office, and will complement existing wireless LAN technologies in the enterprise,” said Kevin Frost, HP Vice President of Marketing for Notebooks. “As the precursor to 802.11g, Broadcom’s 2.4 GHz, 54 Mbps technology marketed under the 54g initiative will provide HP notebook customers with decisive benefits that include a strong commitment to interoperability with 54g wireless LAN products from other manufacturers.”
“Linksys is a strong supporter of the IEEE 802.11g draft specification, and is anxious to deliver high-speed wireless connectivity at home, work, and hot spot locations without compromising the use of existing 802.11b networks,” said Victor Tsao, President and CEO of Linksys. “As the leading supplier of wireless LAN products, we plan to be first to market with a high-performance, competitively priced product using the 54g solution from Broadcom.”
“802.11g is an important technology for MELCO/Buffalo because of the range and throughput advantages that it offers. In addition, backward compatibility to 802.11b is an important consideration for our large installed customer base,” said Takashi Ishidoshiro, Chief Technologist for MELCO. “We are aggressively pursuing development of 802.11g products and plan to continue our market leadership by being the first company to offer the technology in Japan.”
In addition to joining the statement of support, Broadcom in a separate announcement today introduced its new 54g technology, which implements the current draft of the 802.11g specification. Products that display the 54g logo are interoperable with each other, and Wi-Fi-certifiable for compatibility with 802.11b.
“802.11g will replace 802.11b as the industry’s mainstream solution because it provides speed and range advantages while maintaining backwards compatibility. It is a must-have technology for both 2.4 GHz single-band and 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band solutions,” said Jeff Thermond, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Home and Wireless Networking Business Unit. “Broadcom’s 54g technology enables end users to enjoy the benefits of the 802.11g draft standard immediately.”
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