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Atheros Delivers Industry-Leading WLAN Combined With Qualcomm's Bluetooth Connectivity for Advanced Broadband Wireless Mobile Handsets

2/16/09 - Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR) announced the availability of a connectivity solution combining Atheros' latest-generation AR6002 Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) WLAN single-chip with Qualcomm's BTS4025 Bluetooth System-on-Chip (SoC) that supports EDR 2.1 with class 1.5 power. This combined solution delivers advanced system performance to OEMs and ODMs developing cellular phones based on any of Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem& (MSM) chipsets for CDMA and WCDMA (UMTS), including multiple MSM product families.

As Atheros and Qualcomm continue their long-standing collaboration, the two companies are focused on raising the performance bar for high performance wireless solutions that address the growing demand for multiple connectivity technologies in advanced handsets.

The AR6002 ROCm features industry-leading RF performance, power consumption, solution size and coexistence with Qualcomm's BTS4025 SOC. The AR6002 platform supports Microsoft Windows Mobile and Linux operating systems, the BREW client, and the Android open mobile phone software stack. In addition, the AR6002 offers a unique, new soft AP capability, which enables handsets to act as mobile hotspots with support for up to four client devices. With Atheros' mobile Wi-Fi® soft AP functionality, up to four notebook computers can access Internet applications such as email, web browsing and multimedia downloads via a single handset's 3G connection. And, the clients only require basic WLAN features to benefit from access point-like connectivity through the handset.

"This seamless combination of Qualcomm's Bluetooth and Atheros' WLAN for mobile will help our customers easily integrate high-performance wireless functionality into their products and ensure fast time-to-market," said Michael Concannon, senior vice president of connectivity for Qualcomm. "Atheros' AR6002 and Qualcomm's BTW4025 products have been rigorously validated and tested in combination to assure a highly reliable and satisfactory user experience."

The combination of Atheros and Qualcomm solutions has resulted in feature-rich platforms that have been vigorously vetted by developers, customers and consumers, and readily meet today's demanding smartphone requirements. To date, the companies have achieved numerous joint design wins, with dozens of end-products in the market today.

"We are pleased to generate new synergies with Qualcomm solutions to benefit our customers," said Amir Faintuch, vice president and general manager, Mobile Wireless Business Unit, at Atheros. "Together, we bring a fully-integrated, complementary offering to market. This combined solution featuring Qualcomm's Bluetooth and Atheros' WLAN technologies is optimized with the next-generation mobile phone system in mind."

The Atheros AR6002 sets the industry benchmark for high performance, low power mobile WLAN solutions. The AR6002 consumes 30 percent less power in active mode than the nearest competitive solution and near-zero power in standby mode. In addition to sipping power and delivering enterprise-class throughput and range, the AR6002 is a fully independent WLAN device, which does not tax the cellular phone's host processor like competing solutions. The joint platform offers both 802.11g and 802.11a/g options.


By Robert Hoskins

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