SOURCE: Atheros

October 19, 2009 16:02 ET

Atheros Ships Over 10 Million Align™ 1-Stream 11n Chips

Milestone Highlights the Fastest Chip Adoption in the Company's History

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today announced that it has shipped well over 10 million of its Align chips based on the single-stream 802.11n standard. The company began shipping the popular Align AR9285 single-chip PCI Express (PCIe) solution in the fourth quarter of 2008, targeting value-class netbook, notebook and desktop PCs, wireless routers, and consumer electronics (CE) devices. The rapid adoption of Atheros Align technology has made it the company's fastest ramping chip in its 11-year history.

Align technology is being used by seven of the top ten PC manufacturers and five of the top five home networking equipment vendors. Recently, the AR9285 became the industry's first 1-stream client solution to achieve Wi-Fi Alliance® Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ 11n program certification. With Align's compliance to this industry standard, users are assured that Align-based devices will interoperate with all other 11n-certified products, as well as with legacy WLAN devices.

"Align has proven to be an ideal upgrade path from legacy WLAN for our customers looking to provide 11n-class performance in a wide array of products, including netbooks, entry-level gateways and access point/routers," said Ben Naskar, vice president and general manager of Atheros' Networking Business Unit. "We are very pleased that Align provides extraordinary value to the end user and has thus experienced such rapid market adoption."

Atheros Align solutions support up to 150 Mbps PHY rates for robust data networking, while also enabling enhanced reliability and power-efficient operation over legacy WLAN. Additionally, Align-based products are forward compatible to higher-performance, multi-stream 11n devices and offer backward compatibility to legacy WLAN.

For more information about Atheros' Align family of single-stream 11n solutions, please visit http://www.atheros.com.

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 Align 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' Align products and technology, 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.

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