SOURCE: Atheros Communications, Inc.

Atheros Communications, Inc.

February 14, 2011 03:00 ET

Atheros Demonstrates Hottest Connectivity Technologies for Today's Mobile Lifestyle at Mobile World Congress

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), is showcasing its global leadership with innovative wireless technologies at Mobile World Congress, held Feb. 14-18, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. As consumers demand better connectivity in all types of devices, Atheros continues to redefine the wireless experience with superior performance, simplicity and features for today's mobile lifestyle. It offers a broad portfolio of standalone and combination (both monolithic and multi-chip) products that provide best-in-class Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and GPS technologies for a wide range of cellular phones, tablets, media players, gaming devices, notebooks, netbooks and other portable CE products.

In addition to showing a variety of commercially-available products that feature its mobile connectivity solutions, Atheros will demonstrate many emerging technologies and applications that will appear in the next generation of connected devices. All demonstrations will take place in Atheros' private suite, located in Hall 1 of the Fira de Barcelona (stand 1G39).

Atheros' product and technology demonstrations include:

  • ROCm® Mobile Wi-Fi solutions -- Atheros is pushing the boundaries of wireless performance to enable advanced media applications in even the smallest devices. It will demonstrate the unique dual-band 802.11n capabilities of its Align® 1-stream mobile Wi-Fi solutions, which leverage 40 MHz transmissions in the 5 GHz band to deliver up to 85 Mbps of bandwidth for video streaming, fast sync-and-go, and Web browsing.

  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth combinations -- Atheros will showcase its new AR6233 system-in-package (SIP) for computing, tablets and portable CE devices (such as handheld games and eReaders). The combo solution provides manufacturers with greater design flexibility, while ensuring enhanced wireless performance, coexistence and battery life for consumers.

  • Atheros Hy-Fi™ hybrid networks for the digital home -- Marrying the benefits of Wi-Fi, powerline and Ethernet technologies, Atheros Hy-Fi high-fidelity networks provide robust wired broadband connectivity to bandwidth-hungry CE products, while reserving wireless capacity to support mobile phones, tablets and laptops in the home. By enhancing network efficiency and coverage in the home, hybrid networks make Wi-Fi a more desirable alternative to 3G and 4G connectivity within the home. Atheros will also demonstrate an 11n-enabled smartphone controlling video content between TV and storage devices connected over the Hy-Fi network.

  • Next-generation navigation performance -- Highlighting the superior capabilities of Atheros' next generation GPS receivers and FYX™ location core, the company will show the advantages of dual-mode GPS/GLONASS operation. By acquiring and tracking signals from multiple satellite constellations, Atheros can improve navigational accuracy and availability for smartphones, tablets, notebooks and personal navigation devices - even in the most demanding urban environments.

In addition to its technology demonstrations, Atheros is introducing several groundbreaking products that raise the standards for connectivity in mobile and computing devices, including:

  • AR6004 -- Among the first solutions to bring 2-stream, dual-band 802.11n to mobile devices;
  • AR6005 -- The world's smallest and most energy-efficient mobile Wi-Fi solution; and
  • AR9462 -- The industry's only monolithic combination of 2-stream 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 for computing and tablet platforms.

Supporting Quotes:
Amir Faintuch, senior vice president and general manager of Atheros' consumer products
As computing, entertainment and communications devices converge, Atheros is delivering the connectivity solutions that provide simple, fast and reliable access to the information and media content that matter to consumers. Mobile World Congress is the perfect venue to show how our innovative technologies are redefining wireless connectivity in a variety of mobile devices.

About Atheros
Atheros Communications delivers innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications. Its mission is to invent technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all. Building upon its broad expertise in RF and mixed signal semiconductor design, Atheros' portfolio includes a wide variety of connectivity solutions that are used by many of the world's leading networking equipment, computing and consumer device manufacturers. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Atheros has a significant and growing presence in Asia and Europe to serve its global customer base. For more information, visit www.atheros.com.

Atheros, the Atheros logo, Align, ROCm, FYX and Hy-Fi are trademarks of Atheros Communications, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.

NOTE ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including market and technological trends, and the features, benefits and performance of Atheros' products and technologies, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, difficulties in the development of new and enhanced products, general economic conditions, the effects of competition and technological change, and the risks detailed in Atheros' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in other reports filed with the SEC by Atheros from time to time. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Atheros disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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