Earlier this week Intel announced the next release of its Centrino chipset in 2007 will feature a pre-standard 802.11n version.
802.11n is the latest revision of the wireless networking standard, which has already gone through two major standards: 802.11b at 11 megabits per second, and 802.11g at 54 Mbps. However, 802.11n has not yet completed the standardization process, and will not receive its final blessing from the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee until the first half of 2008.
Other companies have jumped the gun on producing 802.11n cards and adapters before. Dell started offering the high-speed wireless networking option back in June, along with Linksys, Belkin, and D-Link. Sales of 802.11n devices were strong in the second quarter of this year, prompting many other companies to jump on the bandwagon, despite warnings from some industry analyst groups that the standard could change before it became ratified, potentially rendering these devices incompatible.