Broadcom has announced a single chip that combines 802.11n wireless LAN, Bluetooth and FM radio for use in phones and other handheld devices.
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Users want unified communications - and the technology will actually save money in a recession, according to research commissioned by Mitel.
Symbian's shipments went down in the first quarter of this year, raising doubts that its smartphone operating system will spread to cheaper devices as fast as the company hopes - and also contradicting the chairman's hope that the iPhone would actually benefit Symbian.
Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Extricom has launched an 802.11n switch, claiming its "blanket" Wi-Fi technology solves the power problem of the new standard, allowing a smooth transition to faster Wi-Fi.
All other enterprise Wi-Fi vendors, including Cisco, Aruba and Trapeze, maintained that the new standard -- running at full power, with two radios each of which can deliver multiple streams of data -- will take more electrical power than industry-standard power-over-Ethernet can deliver.
NEC has thrown its hat into the femtocell ring, with an indoor base station, and has proposed a femto technology standard to the Femto Forum.
Hewlett-Packard is launching a connected laptop that holds no data locally - using technology from thin client specialist Neoware, that it acquired only weeks ago.
Equipment vendors are quietly working on a WiMax technology that could challenge options for cellular telecoms networks, by allowing the technology out of its small spectrum "ghetto," into the main 3G band due to be allocated this year.
Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Aruba Networks is going to buy AirWave Wireless, a multi-vendor WLAN management company, in a bid to take business from Cisco. The purchase may prove awkward for rival companies who work with Airwave.
Wireless networking company Aruba has upgraded its software, as part of what may be the last major round of software upgrades before wireless switch vendors disappear.
The world's top four laptop makers will soon be shipping fast draft 802.11n (Draft N) wireless systems, according to Broadcom.
Proprietary software can extend a wireless network range more than five times the current limit with the same equipment, the company behind it - startup InspiAir - has claimed.
While the delivery of draft 802.11n products may be controversial, Broadcom has shown that its Intesi-fi draft 802.11n fast wireless chip set works — and promised it would upgrade to the standard.
Just when we thought the fast Wi-Fi standard was well underway, it looks like the big chip-makers are about to undermine an agreement in the IEEE.
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