Sunday, October 10, 2004

Atheros Launches Single-Chip 802.11a/b/g

Atheros Communications introduced an IEEE 802.11a/b/g WLAN solution that integrates a Media Access Controller (MAC), baseband processor, and a high-performance radio with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz capabilities in a single, low-cost CMOS chip. The design offers full support for the IEEE 802.11i security standard, and support for Atheros XR (eXtended Range) and Super AG performance enhancements.

Atheros said its single chip design eliminates the need for up to 24 discrete components, resulting in lower costs and smaller designs for products such as aftermarket PC cards, embedded PCI and mini-PCI cards, WLAN-on-motherboard solutions for personal computers, access points, home gateways, set-top boxes, digital media adapters, handheld consumer electronics, and VoIP handsets, among others. List pricing for the chip is under $12 in 10,000 unit quantities.


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