Spotlight on Products: December 2009

Three new standards cover wireless and software

7 December 2009

standIEEE Std. 802.11n-2009, released September 2009

The IEEE Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) Enhancements for Higher Throughput standard is an amendment to the IEEE 802.11 wireless base standard and defines mechanisms that provide significantly improved data rates and ranges. WLANs will now be able to deliver data rates that are 10 times faster than before while remaining compatible with existing systems.This amendment is aimed at addressing the escalating demands placed on WLANs because of higher-bandwidth file transfers and next-generation multimedia applications.

IEEE Std. 1654-2009, released July 2009

The IEEE Guide for RF Protection of Personnel Working in the Vicinity of Wireless Communications Antennas Attached to Electric Power Line Structures explains how to establish a safety program that complies with regulations for radio-frequency protection for electrical workers near antennas adjacent to power lines. The guide also describes the power-frequency electric and magnetic field immunity of personal monitors and protective clothing.

IEEE Std. 1636-2009, released July 2009

The IEEE Trial-Use Standard for Software Interface for Maintenance Information Collection and Analysis provides specifications for software interfaces for information systems containing data for diagnosing and maintaining complex systems.

The standard covers how to create open software architectures for mature diagnostics systems and stresses the importance of assessing the effectiveness of diagnostics throughout a product’s life cycle.

For more information on these and other standards, visit the IEEE Standards Association Web site.

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