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Wi-Fi merger

The leaders of the rival proposals for the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11n are expected to merge their specifications in a bid to get a standard in place.

The leaders of the rival proposals for the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11n are expected to merge their specifications in a bid to get a standard in place.

The move comes in the wake of previous failures to reach agreement. The WWISE and TGn Sync proposals have both garnered around 50% support and need 75% of the vote for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to officially back their specification.

Fortunately, experts say that the two proposals can be brought together easily, although some differences may have to be accommodated as options within the standard. TGn Sync uses 40MHz channels, instead of the 20MHZ channels which are standard worldwide, and the two standards use different numbers of antennas. TGn also uses the 5GHz spectrum instead of the 2.4GHz band where WWISE operate.

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