Atheros today announced a new family of low-cost draft 802.11n chipsets with pricing and features aimed at replacing 802.11g devices in 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi designs.
Atheros today announced what it claims is the first single-board, dual-radio router platform featuring single-chip 802.11n technology.
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.
Atheros today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire u-Nav Microelectronics, a privately held fabless semiconductor company specializing in global positioning system (GPS) chipsets and software.
Atheros gains 54 employees located at u-Nav's Irvine, CA headquarters and its European engineering facility in Tampere, Finland. Upon closing the transaction, Atheros will also take assignment of the patent cross-license agreement already in place between u-Nav and SiRF Technology, Inc.
The cash and stock transaction, currently valued at approximately $54 million, includes $15.4 million in cash and 1.28 million shares of Atheros common stock.
The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, which is expected to close this month.
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.
Atheros today announced that it is sampling a low-cost six port 10/100 Ethernet switch chip to key customers.
The company said the AR8216 will allow it to provide networking customers with "all of the major silicon required for complete wire-to-wireless router solutions". Atheros chose to produce a 10/100 switch instead of a gigabit Ethernet version because it believes that is where the volume will be in the near term.
Atheros today announced what it claims is the most "highly-integrated, cost-effective 802.11g solution" for home gateways. The AR2417 is the newest member of the company's seventh-generation AR5007 family and is a low cost, single-chip solution for mini-PCI and cardbus based designs. The device is currently in volume production.
Atheros Communications today announced its first Bluetooth product. The AR3011 is a Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) solution specifically targeted for PC applications and the first member of Atheros' ROCm (Radio-on-Chip for Mobile) family of Bluetooth solutions.
The AR3011 is a single-chip solution that supports WLAN co-existence and simultaneous usage of multiple Bluetooth-based devices. Atheros will offer the device in combination with the company's wireless LAN products to the PC OEM market to drive adoption of Bluetooth technology in laptops and desktops.
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