SOURCE: Atheros


January 25, 2010 08:00 ET

Atheros Ships 100-Millionth Ethernet Chip

Momentum Behind ETHOS Solutions Providing Industry's Lowest Power, Smallest Designs to PC, Networking and CE Markets

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today announced it has shipped more than 100 million of its ETHOS™ Ethernet chips. Since entering the Ethernet market in late 2006, Atheros has leveraged its strong mixed-signal and DSP design expertise to deliver Ethernet solutions focused on power efficiency, carrier-grade performance and market-leading integration. This product focus has resulted in significant growth and leadership demonstrated by Atheros' Gigabit and Fast Ethernet designs with eight of the top ten PC manufacturers, five of the top five home networking equipment manufacturers, and numerous tier-one carriers.

With its commitment to delivering the industry's lowest power Ethernet solutions, Atheros most recently announced the AR8151 and AR8152, expressly designed to reduce overall system energy consumption. The Atheros AR8151 has the distinction of being the industry's smallest and greenest Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controller and is among the first to comply with the latest IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet draft specification.

Atheros Ethernet technology employs advanced techniques including the ETHOS Cable Diagnostic which reduces power consumption based on actual Ethernet cable length and Automatic Power Savings (APS) to extend a device's sleep mode. These green features provide substantial energy efficiencies to extend battery life in PCs and enable customer networking products with ETHOS switches to meet the stringent power requirements of the European Code of Conduct (CoC) on Energy Efficiency. As a result, the Atheros AR8316 and AR8236 solutions are the most energy-efficient Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches shipping today.

"Achieving the 100 million Ethernet chip milestone is impressive given Atheros' relatively recent entry in this market," said Joseph Byrne, senior analyst of The Linley Group and lead author of the firm's report, Communications Semiconductor Market Share. "Atheros is now a key supplier of Ethernet technology, having won over many tier one customers across the key consumer market segments."

"Over the past three years, we have built the ETHOS portfolio to serve our customers' growing need for higher performance and lower power Ethernet," said George Chu, vice president and general manager of the company's Ethernet Business Unit. "Our ETHOS technology is meeting these needs not only in PCs, wireless APs, VoIP phones, IP cameras and carrier equipment, but also in the expanding CE category of networked TVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs and gaming consoles, and computing accessories like printers. Atheros is committed to delivering increasingly more advanced solutions with features such as enhanced power-efficiency, quality of service (QoS) and security to meet growing consumer demand for Internet-enabled devices in the digital home."

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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 or send email to

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Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including the features, benefits, efficiency and performance of Atheros' Ethernet products and technologies and their anticipated incorporation in a variety of 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 September 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.

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