IEEE 802.11ac is a standard of 802.11 WLAN families currently under development utilizing 5 GHz band for data throughput of at least 1 G bps. Standard finalization is expected in late 2012. According to research by In-Stat, nearly 350 million 802.11ac enable devices (routers, client devices, modems etc.) will ship annually by 2015.
To find the key IPR holders for 802.11ac patents, a keyword search of the USPTO patent data base has been performed. Total of 97 published patent applications are identified as of Oct. 31, 2011. The top 10 IPR holders are Qualcomm, Marvell Semiconductor, Broadcom, ETRI, Ralink Technology, Infineon, LG, Samsung, Cisco, and Intel.
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