Nah, don't delete me, I just became relevant.
RealTek cleared WECA endorsements (WiFi) for its 8180 chip in September of 2002 but the first product to use it (NKRCB200B) got an FCC clearance on the 21st of Jan 2003.
Update 03/13/2003. DLink was just cleared by FCC a design for the DWL-650 that uses the Realtek 8180.
3/19/2003 -- Another one, NHPWLB1100. 3/24/2003 -- Another one, PANWL1102
Update 03/24/2003. I'm currently dealing with Realtek to get a GCC 3.X compiled version of their private module. So far, we had the latest release before this one was posted on their website I've asked for a 2.4.18-27.8.0 module, which is the latest RedHat kernel available.
Thibaut: email to you wouldn't go through. Is there any indication that RealTek is considering releasing the source of their module or allowing someone to have the specifications to write a GPL driver? Thanks, Jerritt
Update 03/25/2003. Jerritt, so far, no clue. Apparently the won't. But a good part of it is composed of source files is their lastest release (05). Maybe with lots of demands they will go for it. I'll send an email to the person I'm dealing with to know a bit more about the full GPL driver and / or the specs. I'll keep you informed !
04/01/2003 Thanks a ton, Thibaut! -- JerrittCollord
05/12/2003 A new one : http://www.peabird.com/produit_PEAB-PCMCIA-WL.html