Thursday, April 5, 2007

Atheros Introduces New 802.11g Chip for Carrier Gateways

Atheros Communications announced introduced an enhanced 802.11g silicon solution for home gateways. The compact, single-chip Atheros AR2417 solution, which is the newest member of the company's seventh-generation AR5007 family, offers significantly increased integration while delivering WLAN signal range of up to 300 ft. Rhe new low cost, single-chip solution for mini-PCI and cardbus designs reduce the rest of bill-of-materials (RBOM) by 30-45 percent compared to competitive solutions.

Like its predecessor, the AR5005G which has shipped more than 30 million units to date, the new AR2417 integrates the media access controller, baseband processor and 2.4GHz radio onto the single-chip design. In addition, the AR2417 now delivers greater value by integrating the low noise amplifier (LNA) and power amplifier (PA) onto the low cost, digital CMOS system-on-chip. The AR2417 offers the added benefit of its innovative 2-layer mini-PCI design.

Atheros said while it continues to push ahead with its XSPAN draft 802.11n solutions, it also continues to invest in 802.11g. Home gateway solutions based on 802.11g technology provide ample performance for basic data networking and web surfing, while the significantly greater throughput enabled by 802.11n networks is required to deliver triple-play services -- data, video and voice -- throughout the home.

The AR2417 chip is currently in volume production and shipping to leading retail and carrier customers.

AboveNet Announces Network Pact with PAXIO

AboveNet announced an agreement with PAXIO Inc. of Anaheim, California for optical network facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. PAXIO is developing FTTH networks planned for later this year. http://www.above.net

Vonage Continues Adding Customers Under Emergency Stay of Injunction

A U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia issued an injunction against Vonage effective April 12 that bars Vonage from acquiring new customers during its appeal in its VoIP patent dispute with Verizon.

In response, Vonage filed for and received an emergency stay of the injunction from the Federal Circuit. Vonage said the stay enables it to continue to sign up new customers until the Appellate court can hear Vonage's request for a permanent stay. The Court's ruling also allows Vonage to continue to provide phone service to existing customers.

Vonage said it will continue to provide digital telephone service to existing customers indefinitely by paying into escrow a quarterly royalty of 5.5% throughout the appeals process. Separately, the District Court required Vonage to post a bond of $66 million to secure Verizon's damages judgment.