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With the electronics industry seemingly always afightin' and afeudin', it's heart-warming to see companies occasionally come together to standardize future protocols. The latest feel-good love-in we've seen comes as an attempt to nail down the specs of next-gen WiFi standard 802.11n, in the form of the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC). This group, composed of such heavy-hitters as Apple, Broadcom, Cisco, Intel, Linksys, Sony, and US Robotics, has just submitted a proposal to the IEEE (the governing body in these matters) calling for 600 Mbps transmission rates, while leaving the door open for other vague additions such as Space Time Block Coding and beamforming. As is usually the case with these types of alliances, EWC member companies were quick to publicly pat each other on the back while secretly hoping (we imagine) for one another's downfall.

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