Intel is succumbing to the pre-N 802.11 pressure, announcing plans to put a pre-standard version of IEEE 802.11n WiFi technology into its Centrino chips by next year. It's not surprising given the fact that the Wi-Fi Alliance pretty much gave its blessing to companies releasing pre-standardized versions of the technology before the IEEE ratifies a standard in 2008. The Wi-Fi Alliance said in August that it would pre-certify the interoperability of pre-802.11n products. WiFi vendors can no longer afford to wait for standards to come out. Those that wait will simply lose out on market share.
For more about Intel's plans to offer a pre-N chip:
- check out this article from InfoWorld