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Marvell Claims Fastest Wi-Fi Chipset

The TopDog 11n-450 delivers its high speeds through the use of three transmitters and three receivers.

Semiconductor maker Marvell on Wednesday introduced a Wi-Fi chipset that the company claims can reach an industry-leading maximum speed of 450 Mbps.

The TopDog 11n-450 delivers its high speeds through the use of three transmitters and three receivers, according to Marvell. The chipset supports multiple Wi-Fi standards, including 802.11n, which can stream high-quality video.

In addition, Marvell claimed the chipset increases signal range by 500% over competing 802.11g chips, and 160% over 802.11n supporting products. In terms of speed, the latest TopDog product is 50% faster than current 802.11n products, which max out at 300 Mbps, according to Marvell.

Even with the extended range, Marvell's chipset doesn't come close of WiMax's 4- to 5-mile range. The new product, however, is multiples faster; given WiMax's 70Mbps. WiMax is also a wireless standard for high-speed Internet access for desktops, notebooks, and other devices.

"Marvell is first to market with an 802.11n 450-Mbps solution so manufacturers can deliver industry-leading wireless range and performance to consumers who are seeking faster and more powerful Wi-Fi capabilities," Sameer Bidichandani, senior director of technology strategy at Marvell, said in a statement.

Marvell didn't offer any equipment manufacturers as customers for the new product, which is scheduled to ship in volume in the second quarter. The chipset is for use in notebooks and desktop PCs, printers, routers, set-top boxes, digital TVs, gaming devices, and DVD players and recorders.

Marvell plans to showcase the TopDog 11n-450 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10.

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