On Mon, 07 Nov 2005 09:00:00 -0400, Derek Broughton
>Jeff Liebermann wrote:
>> On Sun, 06 Nov 2005 19:09:16 GMT, DigitalVinyl
>> <DigitalVinyl@internet.com> wrote:
>>>I haven't seen that but i believe there are only three wireless chip
>>>manufacturers in the world and everyone's products are packagings of
>> Well, let's see:
>> Agere (Lucent)
>> Intel (Centrino)
>> NWN (3com)
>> Philips (Centrino)
>> Prism (Harris/Intersil/etc)
>> Texas Instruments
>> Probably a few more that I forgot. Anyway, more than three chip
>Well, he said "manufacturers". I'm not convinced that those are all unique
>manufacturers (in fact, ipw is "Intel"). I've certainly heard that
>Orinocos can be based on different chipsets.
True, and guilty as charged. I got lazy and just went to the Linux
wireless driver site, and plagerized the list of manufacturers. I
also added a few and added some notes. It gets rather messy when a
manufacturer choses an RF chip from one chip vendor, and a MAC chip
from another. To get picky, some of the aformentioned use contract
chip foundries, which are the real "manufacturers". Perhaps chipset
- Intel 2100 series Centrino uses wireless chips from Philips.
- IPW is Intel ProSet Wireless starting with 2200.
- Orinocco is actually a mess of manufacturers (in order) from:
Wavelan, Orinoco, Lucent, Agere, Avaya, and Proxim which use Prism
chipsets from Harris, Intersil, Conexant, Frisbee, and Javelin.
- Symbol uses various chip foundries.
- NWN is "No Wires Needed" in Netherlands. I think (not sure) they're
now part of Alvarion/Breezecom.
- Aironet is owned by Cisco.
Anyway, there are certainly more than 3 chipset manufacturers.
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