Networking vendors are adding bandwidth mainly to support video applications, which tend to require more bandwidth than others. In addition to the extra bandwidth, Marvell added a Space Time Block Coding feature that helps wireless maintain higher throughput over longer distances. If a user moves away from a wireless source while performing real-time streaming video in multiple sessions, the system would accommodate the weaker signal strength and prevent video frames from freezing or dropping.
The company expects to ship its new chipset in the next quarter. WLAN equipment vendors will then need time to incorporate the new functionality into their products. In a best case scenario, compliant devices will begin shipping later this year. As a result, small and medium businesses will have sufficient bandwidth to support even the most demanding video applications.
How much video do you run on your network? How much of bandwidth do these applications require? Will you run them over wireless links?