Saturday, September 11, 2010

LBK Post 011 Broadcom Releases Open Source Linux 802.11n Driver

Broadcom releases open source 
Linux 802.11n driver



Wireless semiconductor vendor Broadcom announced yesterday that it has released an open source Linux driver for its latest 802.11n chipsets. The "still in progress" driver supports Broadcom BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225 Wi-Fi chipsets, enabling Linux distributions to include native support for these popular Wi-Fi chips, says Broadcom.

The driver announcement was made on the newsgroup by Broadcom Scientist Henry Ptasinkski. According to Ptasinkski, the driver has been released as fully open source code, and uses the native mac80211 stack.

In addition to supporting current 802.11n chipsets BCM4313, BCM43224, and BCM43225, the driver provides "a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, including mac80211-aware embedded chips," he adds.



The pre-release version of the Broadcom 802.11n driver can be downloaded from the staging-next git tree in the drivers/staging/brcm80211 directory, available here:



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