The market for wireless equipped notebooks will see a gradual shift from 802.11g to 802.11n Wi-Fi, but vendors are creating confusion in the market by launching 'pre-n' hardware before the standard is officially ratified, industry experts warned today.
Stan Schatt, vice president and research director at ABI Research, said: "With the 802.11n standard still some way off, and the Wi-Fi Alliance aggressively promoting certification of 'pre-n' products, the stage may be set for some market confusion."
Some chip makers in particular are unrealistic about their expectations for pre-draft 802.11n, according to Schatt.
"In our experience large enterprises are always very conservative about embracing non-standard solutions," he said.
"As a result, we are likely to see a solid majority of 'premium g' device sales in the consumer sector in the next couple of years, but not much traction in the enterprise."
"There is limited room in a notebook computer for antennas and radios. We will see a battle among competing technologies to reserve a place in the notebook, and many chip manufacturers are very concerned about this," said Schatt.
"Notebooks, except perhaps the lowest tier of inexpensive Asian machines, will all have Wi-Fi. The question is what else will they have? UWB? Cellular? WiMax?"
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