Qualcomm which submitted one of four complete proposals for the 802.11n standard has decided to join the TGn Sync group giving more leverage to a group that already includes heavyweights such as Atheros, Intel, Nokia, Nortel, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba. The question of whether the TGn Sync proposal or that of the Wwise group (Airgo, Bermai, Broadcom, Conexant, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments) is technically better is open to debate with each proposal offering its advantages. The TGn Sync group, however, has lined up a number of consumer electronics companies on its side that strengthen their position. Streaming video over the wireless network will be one of the primary drivers of consumer upgrades to higher speed/higher capacity networks. Having the CE companies on their side early on, the TGn Sync group is well positioned to put forth a standard that takes into account stakeholders that are likely the largest consumers of Wi-Fi chips beyond basic home networking boxes. Adding Qualcomm to their side eliminates a detracting factor moving forward and will simply the process overall.
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