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IEEE Picks High-Speed Survivor

There can be only one!

Yes, after months of fevered hype and in-fighting amongst vendors the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) has decided on which specification will probably go on to form the basis of its new 108-Mbit/s wireless LAN standard, 802.11n (see IEEE Plots Speedier WLAN).

And the propellerheads picked -- envelope please! -- the proposal from the TGn Sync group, which is supported by Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and friends (see 802.11n Slapfest Ahead).

Off the island is the wWise group, which was backed by Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN) and others.

The final vote was 181 to 140 in favor of TGn Sync.

But don't think that you've heard the end of this yet. Oh no! The next step, according to a spokesperson for chip designer Atheros Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR), is a second confirmation vote in May.

"A 75 percent supermajority is required to approve TGn Sync’s proposal as the final 802.11n standard," the Atheros spokesbloke tells Unstrung We can hardly contain ourselves...

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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