The future WiMax: Data transfer at 1 gigabits per second

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The WiFi and WiMax have usually seen as rivals — and they could be. While the next generation of WiFi standard, called the 802.11n, isn’t yet… a standard, the IEEE is already working on the future of WiMax.

Dubbed 802.16m, the new standard would be able to transfer data up to 1 Gbit/s while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing WiMax radios and 4G radio acccess technology, reports Unstrung (via dailywireless). The transfer rate will then be twice faster than the 802.11n WiFi standard, and once again verifies the Moore’s law.

The IEEE task group hopes to complete the new spec by the end of 2009. A bit late, said vendors present at the announcement during the 3GSM show in Barcelona (in picture). They expressed skepticism about the speed the work can be completed and the chances of maintaining backwards compatibility with mobile 802.16 technology.

Feb 21, 2007 | By Nuno

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