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Items tagged with: Atheros

Atheros intros low-cost single-stream draft 11n chipset family

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 intros lower-cost dual-radio draft 802.11n platform

Atheros today announced what it claims is the first single-board, dual-radio router platform featuring single-chip 802.11n technology.

Atheros releases PCI bus one-chip Draft 802.11n devices

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 Acquires GPS Chipmaker u-Nav Microelectronics

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.

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D-Link DIR-855 Getting Closer?

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 announces single and dual-band 802.11n single-chippers

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 sampling 10/100 switch chip

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 announces next-gen 11g SoC

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 adds single-chip Bluetooth

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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