VIA has launched an 802.11g wireless local area network controller, containing a media access controller and baseband processor combined onto a single chip.
The VT6655 WLAN controller has been Wi-Fi certified to work with other manufacturers' wireless kit and is available in PCI 2.2, Mini-PCI or Cardbus form factors.
It is designed to be integrated within existing wireless networks to boost speed, and is backwards compatible with the slower 802.11b standard and can stream at up to 54Mbps.
"IEEE 802.11g provides the bandwidth needed for today's more demanding Wi-Fi users, while maintaining compatibility with existing 802.11b infrastructure," said Steven S Lee, head of VIA's embedded platform division, in a statement.
Wi-Fi Protected Access 2.0 will be supported when it becomes available and can be enabled by software update.
Other features include an instant off button for Wi-Fi access that laptop builders can build in, and a Power Amplifier Power Detector to cut thermal build up.
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