Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Intel steps on the draft 11n gas

Notebooks using Intel's draft 802.11n module will ship as early as January 30 in tandem with the release of the consumer version of Windows Vista, Intel said today. Acer, Asus, Gateway and Toshiba will get the first systems out the door. No word on notebook giants Dell, Lenovo and HP yet.

Intel isn't disclosing key details around its 4965AGN module. For instance, who supplies those 2.4 and 5GHz front end chips? What is the average and max power consumption, and how much does the silly thing cost?

The good news is the module delivers 125Mbits/second sustained, can send a high def video stream 68 meters and can support both 2x3 and 2x2 MIMO configurations. Sounds good, now if we just knew how it compared to say Atheros and Broadcom .11n chips in price and power. If you know, post to the world here or drop me a line at rbmerrit@cmp.com.

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