Wi-Fi Alliance Selects Ralink MIMObility RT2800PD for 802.11N Testbed

Ralink Technology, a leading developer of 802.11x WLAN chipsets, announced that its MIMObility(TM) RT2800PD 802.11n dual-band chipset featuring the RT2860 802.11n 2T3R MAC/BBP and the RT2850 802.11n Dual Band RFIC and Ralink MIMObility(TM) RT2800PD Access Point have been chosen by the Wi-Fi Alliance for inclusion in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 802.11n draft 2.0 testbed. This dual-band 2T3R solution will be among the very first products to receive 802.11n draft 2.0 certification, the latest industry-wide interoperability standard introduced by the Wi-Fi Alliance, when the program launches in late June.

The certification program was designed to deliver the improved performance and features of the latest Wi-Fi technology, while helping ensure that products from different manufacturers work together, are backward compatible, and that security protections are in place. Research from Wi-Fi Alliance and Kelton Research shows that 65% of Wi-Fi users are ready to upgrade their Wi-Fi networks to reap the benefits of 802.11n technology such as:

  • Up to 5x the throughput of legacy 802.11 a/g Wi-Fi: enabling transmission of several multimedia streams (gaming and video) at once
  • Up to 2X the useful range versus legacy networks: whole-home coverage for content-rich applications
  • Delivers more reliable, consistent and predictable Wi-Fi coverage than previous-generation Wi-Fi gear
  • Prioritizes and protects multimedia streams, like voice, video and gaming
  • Enables more devices to connect on a single network without sacrificing speed or coverage

“We congratulate Ralink Technology on achieving selection to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 802.11n draft 2.0 test bed,” said Wi-Fi Alliance managing director Frank Hanzlik. “Their participation in the development of this program has been instrumental in the achievement of an industry-wide certification for next-generation Wi-Fi products.”

To receive the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 certification, Ralink developers planned, prepared and designed drivers and silicon based on the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard and in compliance with the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 test plan. Next, the developers applied for the certification starting April 2007 and obtained the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 802.11n Draft 2.0 designation in May 2007. The products with the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n Draft 2.0 logo are estimated to hit the mass market in late summer 2007.

“Ralink is pleased to be among the first to receive the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n Draft 2.0 test bed selection and we fully support the latest 802.11n draft standard,” said Rick Jeng, Executive Vice President of Ralink Technology. “By certifying the devices for 802.11n draft 2.0 the Wi-Fi Alliance will enable consumers to purchase products that will work seamlessly with all other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products.”

About Ralink Technology
Ralink Technology Corporation is a leading innovator and developer of wireless LAN chipset solutions. Ralink 802.11x chipsets are recognized for superior throughput, extended range, low-power consumption and consistent reliability demanded by Wi-Fi, mobile and embedded applications. These feature-rich chipsets have a high level of chip integration for client and AP solutions for CB, miniPCI, PCI, PCIe and USB interfaces, enabling customers to build smaller and more sophisticated mobile wireless products cost-effectively. Ralink’s patented MIMObility(TM) technology extends Wi-Fi applications from traditional PC networking to a range of digital multimedia and handheld devices including cell phones, PDAs, cameras, print servers, HDTV and video game players. Ralink customers can look forward to continuous improvements in speed, bandwidth and reliability with IEEE 802.11n solutions for next-generation high-performance Wi-Fi. Ralink Technology was founded in 2001 with headquarters in Hsin-chu, Taiwan and an R&D center in Cupertino, California.