Intel representatives, speaking at the Wi-Fi Planet conference here, said the company is sampling its 802.11g/b Wi-Fi part and plans to have it ready for use in its notebook partners' products . Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel expects its 802.11a/b/g part to begin shipping in the first half of next year.
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Data transmission rates for 802.11g standard ideally can hit 54 megabits per second, but in reality rates are about half that at best. Still, that's more than enough to support wireless DSL (digital subscriber line) connections, which typically top out at several hundred kilobits per second.
Intel wants to team up with gear makers and content providers to develop and co-market new high-bandwidth applications to be used with networks running 802.11g. One possible use: streaming video on demand from a cable set-top box.
"We want to bring attention to what other uses can be applied with the additional throughput brought in by 'g'," said Julie Coppernoll, a director of marketing in Intel's wireless networking group.
Announcements of partnerships will come as 802.11g parts are available, according to representatives.