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DRAFT PRESS RELEASE
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HIGHER-SPEED IEEE WIRELESS LAN PROTOCOL WINS
PC MAGAZINE AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE
PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, __ Nov. 2003 – The IEEE 802.11g™ standard for higher-speed wireless transmission in local area networks (LANs) has won the Protocol Category in PC Magazine's 20th Annual Awards for Technical Excellence competition. This standard was selected over two other finalists in the same category: Serial ATA for storage devices and WS-I Basic Profile for interoperable web services.
PC Magazine chose IEEE's 802.11g because it "defines the way wireless LAN gear communicates at up to 54 megabits per second while remaining backward-compatible with 11-Mbps 802.11b™. This important breakthrough enables streaming media, video downloads, and a greater concentration of users without interference."
"REVISED TEXT INCORPORATED" Stuart J. Kerry, Chair of the IEEE 802.11™ Working Group for Wireless LANs, who accepted the award for the IEEE at a ceremony at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, said: "This award is all the more important to us because we know how technically astute the editors of PC Magazine are. It's also significant that this is the second time an 802.11 standard has won this prestigious award. We received the first one for IEEE 802.11b-1999."
PC Magazine's annual technical excellence awards recognize "the products and technologies that moved the state of the art forward, those that broke new ground." Winners of the current awards were selected by the magazine's editorial and laboratory staff from products and protocols that became available between September 2002 and September 2003.
"REVISED TEXT INCORPORATED" "This award provides additional recognition of IEEE 802 as the preeminent LAN standards development organization," said Paul Nikolich, Chair of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, "and especially as recognition of the dedicated contributors to the IEEE 802.11g standard."
The IEEE 802.11g amendment, which raised the data rate of IEEE 802.11b networks to 54 Mbps from 11 Mbps, was released in June 2003. The Wi-Fi Alliance then created an interoperability certification testing program for products based on the standard. These products have proven highly successful in the global wireless LAN market.
The transmission speed added by IEEE 802.11g gives wireless networks the ability to serve up to four to five times more users than they could with IEEE 802.11b. This has opened possibilities for the use of IEEE 802.11 networks in more demanding applications, such as wireless multimedia video transmission and broadcast MPEG.
IEEE 802.11g units are able to fall back to speeds of 11 Mbps, so IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g devices can coexist in the same network. Both standards apply to the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
IEEE 802.11 standards form a family of specifications that define how WLAN equipment should be produced so equipment from different manufacturers can work together. IEEE 802.11g, "Higher Speed Physical Layer (PHY) Extension to IEEE 802.11b," was developed by the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, which is sponsored by the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. For further information, visit: http://www.ieee802.org/.
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Stuart J. Kerry
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