Chipmaker Marvell sent out
a press release
announcing what it claims to be the "industry's first"
802.11n chip that operates at 450 Megabits-per-second. Dubbed the Marvell TopDog
11n-450, the chip is a 90-nanometer, 3x3 WLAN solution with three spatial
streams, which the company helpfully informs us is more than eight times faster
than plain old 802.11g 54 Mbps offerings, and 1.5 times faster than current
802.11n 300 Mbps options -- in theory, at least. What's more, the TopDog chip
also promises a 500% range increase over 802.11g, and a still decent 160%
increased range over other 802.11n solutions. While those numbers have obviously
yet to be put to the test (by someone other than Marvell, that is), that detail
should be able to be taken care of soon enough, as the chips are set to begin
shipping in volume sometime next quarter -- and, of course, they'll be on
display at CES as well.