Monday, December 4, 2006

Atheros Launches Single-Chip 802.11g Solution for PCI Express

Atheros Communications introduced a low-cost, 802.11g PCI Express (PCIe) solution that integrates a low noise amplifier (LNA) and power amplifier (PA) in a single-chip digital CMOS package.

The solution is aimed at value-priced notebook PCs or traditionally low-cost desktop PCs. Atheros said its 2-layer minicard design delivers a 50 percent reduction in the printed circuit board (PCB) cost and a 25 percent reduction in rest of bill-of-materials (RBOM) component count over the previous generation's 4-layer design. The chip's digital CMOS design delivers physical data rates up to 54 Mbps and more than 300 feet of wireless signal coverage.

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