Atheros today announced two single-chip 802.11n products targeted at home gateway designs for service providers.
The new dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz, AR9220 and single-band, 2.4GHz AR9223 PCI devices flesh out Atheros' single-chip draft 11n lineup, which includes the dual-band AR9280 and single-band AR9281 PCI Express (PCIe) devices announced last month.
Both of the new chips feature 2 Tx, 2 Rx MIMO, in contrast to their PCIe siblings. The AR9280 dual-band PCIe device is 2x2, but the AR9281 single-band product is 1x2.
The Atheros AR9220 and AR9223 will be sampling to customers next month. Pricing was not given.
DigiTimes reported today that D-Link has cut the price of "entry-level" draft 802.11n routers in the U.S. market to under $50.
The reason for the price cut is to "drive shipments of its 802.11n products up to its goal of two million units set for this year".
As of this morning, Pricegrabber is showing a price of $49.99 for the DIR-615 Wireless N Router at Circuit City and Best Buy.
While arranging my DGL-4500 review sample with D-Link, I asked them about the rumors that the long-delayed DIR-855 has been placed on "indefinite hold". D-Link told me that the product is still alive and that the target ship date is now "end of year 07 or early year 08".
During my routine check of the Wi-Fi Alliance 802.11n Certified product list, I found that the mythical D-Link DIR-855 Dual-Band Draft 11n router received its 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification back on October 3. Shame on me for not catching this before now.
Atheros today announced two single-chip 802.11n solutions and associated PCIe reference designs.
The new dual-band AR9280 and single-band AR9281 integrate the radio, baseband/MAC and host PCIe interface into single chip 10mm x 10mm QFN packages. Reference designs for both devices are available for both PCIe half-Mini Card and full-Mini Card form factors.
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