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Speeding with Marvell

Fri, 01/04/2008 - 10:24am
Wireless Week Staff

Chip manufacturer Marvell Semiconductors is going to use the CES show to demonstrate its new 802.11n chipset, which it calls TopDog 11n-450.

The number 450 comes from TopDog's speed, which Marvell says is the first 802.11n chip to operate at 450 Mbps. That translates into maximum bandwidths that are eight times faster than 802.11g and 1.5 times faster than other 802.11n chips, the company says.

At those speeds, Marvell says, TopDog will provide "significant" enhancements for all manner of computing devices from laptops and desktops to set-top boxes, printers, DVD players and gaming devices.

"Marvell is first-to-market with an 802.11n 450 Mbps solution so manufacturers can deliver industry-leading wireless range and performance to consumers who are seeking faster and more powerful Wi-Fi capabilities," according to Sameer Bidichandani, senior director of technology strategy at Marvell.

The chip is expected to start shipping in the spring.

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