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Janak Parekh
08-19-2003, 01:20 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=3291101' target='_blank'>http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle....storyID=3291101</a><br /><br /></div>In case the bevy of new Wi-Fi standards wasn't enough for you last week, a "secretive" Silicon Valley startup has developed new wireless LAN technologies. Their <a href="http://www.airgonetworks.com/AirgoLaunchRelease.doc">press release</a> claims that:<br /><br />"Airgo's chipset establishes a new frontier for wireless performance and launches the next generation of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Using Airgo’s unique multiple antenna system, the AGN100 extends existing Wi-Fi rates to 108 Mbps per channel while remaining compatible with all common Wi-Fi standards. In head-to-head testing, the AGN100 demonstrated range that was two to six times that of competing WLAN chipsets, resulting in an order-of-magnitude increase in the area covered by each access point."<br /><br />Whoa. 8O I can't help but think this is PR hype, but if this is anywhere near true, it might prove to be an interesting step forward. They're claiming a new "multi-antenna" transmission/reception technology as the basis for such improvements.

08-19-2003, 02:55 AM
Improved WiFi performance without a new wireless standard! 8O

08-19-2003, 08:50 AM
Putting on my sceptics hat.

To me, this just sounds like a multiple WiFi PHY architecture- hook up two 802.11g interfaces to your device and you theoretically get around 110Mb/s

Show me a datasheet for the chip, and I will believe- but until then this is all PR.