SOURCE: Atheros

Atheros

December 06, 2010 08:00 ET

Atheros Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® Solutions Provide Best-in-Class Wireless Connectivity for Toshiba's New Tablet PC

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 6, 2010) - Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today announced that its mobile Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® combination solution is delivering best-in-class wireless connectivity for the new Toshiba Folio 100 tablet PC. Toshiba is using Atheros' ROCm® single-stream 802.11n technology to provide high-speed access to media content, online applications and social networks, and its Bluetooth technology to easily connect the tablet to wireless keyboards, mice and stereo headsets.

Atheros is not only a leading supplier of connectivity solutions for notebooks and netbooks, but is meeting the growing demand for high-performance, low-power connectivity in mobile phones and other consumer products from major OEMs. As computing and mobile platforms converge, Atheros has optimized its mobile Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products to deliver an uncompromised wireless experience for tablets and other high-growth form factors.

Key Facts:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both essential features in portable electronics like tablets, which are one of the fastest growing device categories. Atheros offers standalone Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products, as well as combination solutions that provide complete wireless connectivity in a small, low-power, and easy-to-use package. 

  • ROCm Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions are designed to have a near-zero impact on the battery life of mobile devices. Their highly integrated CMOS design enables the lowest combined power consumption. As a result, tablet users can browse the Web longer and enjoy more media files on a single battery charge.

  • With one of the industry's most extensive open software efforts, Atheros built its Bluetooth stack on the Linux BlueZ architecture, and has optimized its mobile Bluetooth technology for the unique usage models of tablets. Its AR3001 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR solution also includes additional support for human interface device (HID) profiles on the Android OS, which improves connections with keyboards, mice and other input devices, as well as the A2DP profile that enables stereo music playback on wireless headsets.

  • Atheros also provides innovative coexistence technologies that improve the wireless experience for devices that feature both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Its Universal Wireless Cooperation technology minimizes interference by facilitating greater cooperation between the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios. For tablet users, this ensures faster Web downloads and flawless media streaming over Wi-Fi, and glitch-free audio and input when using Bluetooth peripherals. 

  • As tablets based on a variety of operating systems hit the market, Atheros' Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination solutions support all of the major OS platforms, including the latest version of Android™ (known as Froyo), Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7® and Linux®. This enables device manufacturers to implement Atheros connectivity in a full line of devices with different applications and price points.

  • To make it simple for Toshiba and other customers to add best-in-class wireless features to portable devices, Atheros' half mini-card solution provides the ultimate design flexibility. Not only can the same card accommodate Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth solutions, but it simplifies system design by decoupling the connectivity components from the PCB. In addition, Atheros has obtained all of the necessary FCC and international certifications, which enables vendors to quickly deliver wireless products that meet the regulatory requirements of multiple countries. 

Supporting Quotes:
Amir Faintuch, senior vice president and general manager of Atheros' Consumer Business Unit
"Tablets are one of the must-have consumer devices because they deliver PC-like applications in a sleek, ultra-portable form factor. Our mobile connectivity solutions are a perfect match and extension for innovative tablet designs, and we are pleased to work with an industry leader to seize the opportunities and expand our footprint in this exciting new market."

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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 networking equipment, computing and consumer device manufacturers. For more information, please visit http://www.atheros.com.

Atheros, the Atheros logo and ROCm are trademarks of Atheros Communications, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google 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, the growth of the tablet market, and Atheros' anticipated expanding footprint in the tablet market, 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, 2009 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 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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