TGnSync, WWiSE and MITMOT, the three front runners in the 802.11n standards debate, have announced that they are putting aside their differences and working to build a system using each other's technology.
802.11n is being designed for speeds of 100Mbps and will have a better operating distance than current Wi-Fi networks.
"It is expected that a partial merged proposal will be posted for review during the September 2005 meeting and a complete proposal will be ready for group review at the November 2005 meeting," said the IEEE in a statement.
"However, if a merged proposal is not delivered and approved the task group will resume the down selection process."
At the initial vote in November 2004 four proposals for the standard won enough votes to move onto the next stage of the ratification process. The groups, TGnSync, WWiSE, Qualcomm and MITMOT, were then whittled down in a series of votes culminating in the TGNSync proposal winning.
However, it did not reach the required 75 per cent of the vote needed to confirm it as the new standard, so in May TGnSync, WWiSE, and MITMOT were all back under consideration.
The three groups have formed 'tiger teams' of developers to speed up the process and hope to have a final proposal ready by January 2006. The new proposal will then be put to the vote.
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