Though it is not confirmed wholly, Apple has silently added the draft 802.11n-compatible wireless card into its lately announced Core 2 Duo MacBooks. Think Secret has revealed that the wireless chipset put into use is the Atheros AR5008E, the very same chipset stuffed in the Apple’s Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros. While Apple integrated the 802.11n compliant chipsets first of all in the Core 2 Duo iMac but that was a Broadcom chipset. The exact speed of the MacBooks will be taken in only after Apple comes up with some Mac OS X drivers.
The AMD has revealed their next roadmap for the future and there are many important changes that we will see in the CPU’s and processors of the future. The refreshed and upgraded PC platforms ‘Kite’ will feature Turion and Mobile Sempron processors and will see the use of hybrid graphic cards and also incorporate 802.11n standard. The ‘Hawk’ which will make debut in late 2007 will have 800 MHz DDR2 RAM. Then by 2008 will be able to have a look at the low-voltage processors in ‘Puma’ platform and ‘Griffin processors’. The hybrid graphics which will be introduced in the 2007 says AMD and just by plugging and unplugging the AC adapter the laptop will flip between the two graphic cards. The 802.11n draft will be replaced when the IEEE approved draft comes said AMD. The Puma laptop platforms will have support for the following like DirectX 10, PCI Express 2, and HyperTransport 3.0.
IEEE draft on the 802.11n might not come till 2008 but more and more companies are jumping the wagon. Latest to come in the 802.11n fold is D-Link whose DWA-643 Xtreme N Notebook ExpressCard got FCC go-ahead. We all know that with the 802.11n draft the wireless net access will get a new meaning and as per reports D-link will soon start the shipment of the card but there is no word on the price as yet. The card will also backward compatible to all the upgrades the Wi-Fi has gone.