SOURCE: Atheros

October 12, 2009 08:00 ET

Atheros ROCm® Technology Rocks Wireless in Microsoft's New Zune HD Portable Media Player

Industry's Most Power-Efficient Wi-Fi® Solution Enables Zune HD to Stream Up to 14 Hours of Music Between Battery Charges

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today announced that Microsoft's new Zune HD media player leverages the performance and power efficiency of the industry's leading Mobile WLAN chip, Atheros' Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm), to deliver a great wireless experience. Consumers can seamlessly stream music directly from Zune Marketplace using their Zune Pass(1) via Wi-Fi, surf the web and enjoy rapid synching between a PC and a Zune HD.

"Our ROCm mobile WLAN solution sets the mobile industry bar for wireless throughput and low power," said Amir Faintuch, vice president and general manager of Atheros' mobile business unit. "Atheros mobile Wi-Fi enhances the new Zune to enable up to 14 hours of streaming music on a single battery charge -- that makes for quite a party! We are pleased to be working with Microsoft to bring rich digital media experiences to consumers on the go."

In-Stat's Senior Analyst Stephanie Ethier said, "The new Zune HD is an innovative, easy-to-use portable media player. With its enhanced Wi-Fi performance that's easier on battery life, Zune HD lets users surf the web, download games, stream audio content and stay connected all day long."

Atheros ROCm AR6002 for Mobile WLANs

The Atheros ROCm AR6002 high-performance chip is the industry's most power-efficient mobile WLAN solution, featuring infrastructure-class throughput and reliable coverage for small form factor and power constrained designs. It's designed into more than 80 handsets, mobile gaming and CE designs, including smartphones from 4 of the top 5 manufacturers.

Microsoft's Zune HD

The Zune HD is Microsoft's next-generation portable digital media player. Available in 16GB and 32GB capacity options, the player is the first to feature a built-in HD radio receiver, HD video output capabilities, organic LED touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser. Combined with unparalleled PC software and online services, the new Zune HD platform offers a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts, games and more.

About Atheros Communications, Inc.

Atheros Communications is a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications. Atheros combines its wireless and networking systems expertise with high-performance radio frequency (RF), mixed signal and digital semiconductor design skills to provide highly integrated chipsets that are manufactured on low-cost, standard complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processes. Atheros technology is used by a broad base of leading customers, including personal computer, networking equipment and consumer device manufacturers. For more information, please visit http://www.atheros.com or send an email to info@atheros.com.

Atheros, the Atheros logo, and ROCm 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 the features, benefits and performance of Atheros' products, 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, 2008 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, 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.

(1) Zune Pass is a monthly music subscription service from Microsoft; not all songs are available via Zune Pass. Available content may vary over time. For more information visit http://www.zune.net/zunepass.

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