The Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) has published its draft specification for high-speed wireless LANs.

The group went public on Monday and said it had developed a compromise draft specification to help speed up development of the IEEE 802.11n standard.

The EWC includes some of the biggest players in wireless LANs, such as Intel, Broadcom, Atheros Communications and Cisco. The group, which claimed 27 members at launch on Monday, now lists 30 members on its website.

The EWC draft specification is a compromise between two technical approaches proposed for IEEE 802.11n, which is intended as an open standard for wireless LANs that deliver at least 100Mbps (bits per second), EWC officials said earlier this week.

Airgo Networks, one of the biggest vendors of chips used today in pre-standard high-speed gear, said on Tuesday that the chip vendors behind the EWC had developed the specification in private and provided access to it in a discriminatory way. Airgo has not joined the group.

Macworld Conference 2005

October 27-28, 2005. At MacExpo, Olympia National Hall, London

Macworld has gathered the world's best Mac experts for this year's Conference, which focuses on two areas: Mac OS X and profesional design.

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