After successfully passing the Wi-Fi Alliance’s qualification tests for compliance with IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 specifications, Metalink Ltd. has announced that its WLANPlus chipset has received the Wi-Fi certified 802.11n draft 2.0 certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Supporting up to 300 Mbps transmission speeds at both the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz frequency bands, WLANPlus chipset family offers over twice the reach of competing 802.11n solutions, according to the supplier. These improvements are attributed to implementation of a maximum likelihood (ML) decoder combined with advanced forward error correction (FEC) scheme using low density parity check (LDPC) technology.

In addition, WLANPlus is fully compliant with 802.11a/b/g-based legacy devices, as well as 802.11h (radar detection), 802.11i (security) and 802.11e Quality of Service (QoS), said Metalink. The new chipset supports optional standard features as well as proprietary algorithms to meet the critical demands required for multimedia applications such as lowest possible jitter, latency and packet loss, added Metalink.

"This validates our claims that WLANPlus is both best of breed 802.11n technology as well as fully compliant with the 802.11n draft 2.0 standard,” said Barry Volinskey, Metalink’s vice president of WLAN marketing. “We believe that the Wi-Fi Alliance’s decision to begin the certification process will accelerate the market penetration of 802.11n products.”