The Wi-Fi Alliance will certify a power-saving mode for battery-operated handhelds: The Power Save mode is an addition to Wireless Multimedia (WMM) certification, and is intended to reduce or remove power-wasting elements of the Wi-Fi standard less appropriate to VoWLAN (VoIP over wireless LAN) handsets as well as handheld devices. A number of chipsets have already been certified under this process, which can save 15 to 40 percent of battery usage.
Chips from Atheros, Conexant, Broadcom, and Cisco, among several others, will get the nod, although there will be no separate product labeling. It's more of a comparison feature for enterprise buyers than a starburst shrinkwrap box selling point. In an interview a few weeks ago with Frank Hanzlit, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance, he said that there would likely be more certifications over time, such as WMM itself, that would not be required but would be important points for purchasing managers in planning deployments.