A Texas Instruments spokeswoman said that a TI executive was misquoted in a mid-February article that said TI would launch products using China's proprietary Wi-Fi encryption scheme by June: We wrote earlier today about the possibility of the U.S. filing a WTO complaint about China's decision to only allow Wi-Fi gear that uses a proprietary encryption method, known as WAPI. In Mid-February, an article quoted TI and Atheros execs who said they'd build products to the Chinese standard. But a TI spokeswoman said that's not the case.
"We are working with the U.S. government to resolve the WAPI issue with China and we hope to come to some resolution soon. We believe the best solution is for 802.11 products to continue to be sold and used in China using recognized standards that are worldwide, rather than country specific standards," the spokeswoman said.
Broadcom also clarified its stance: The company said in email to Tom's Networking (which we have not received) that Broadcom is in discussions with the Chinese government to understand WAPI and how the security needs of the Chinese people can be met. Tom's Networking notes that Broadcom said they aren't "boycotting" or "opposing" but instead "abiding by" and "seeking clarification."
Atheros is in a quiet period following its IPO on Feb. 12 and a spokesman said he could not comment.