SOURCE: Atheros


October 25, 2010 09:00 ET

Atheros XSPAN® Solutions With Direct Connect™ Technology Among First to Be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for Wi-Fi Direct™

Direct Connect Peer-to-Peer Technology Brings Unprecedented Convenience, Simplicity and Usefulness to PCs, Consumer Electronics and Peripherals

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) -  Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications, today announced that its XSPAN® 802.11 solutions with Direct Connect™ technology are among the first to be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for Wi-Fi Direct™, indicating their ability to work with other Wi-Fi products that offer Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer features. Atheros Direct Connect technology brings unprecedented convenience, simplicity and usefulness to Wi-Fi enabled PCs, consumer electronics and peripherals. By allowing two or more Wi-Fi devices to communicate without an access point, Direct Connect lets people do more with their wireless products -- even in the absence of a broadband connection or local area network.

The Wi-Fi Alliance® has also chosen Atheros' popular dual-band 802.11n PCIe solution with Direct Connect for the Wi-Fi Direct test environment, which is used to certify the interoperability of other products. Atheros expects to have a full line of XSPAN multi-stream 11n and Align™ single-stream 11n products Wi-Fi Direct CERTIFIED before the end of 2010. This will give Atheros' computing and mobile customers a head-start to implementing innovative peer-to-peer features and earning their own Wi-Fi Direct certification.

Key Facts:

  • Direct Connect technology allows simultaneous connections for up to 16 devices, enabling simple peer-to-peer networks between groups of students in a library, gamers in a coffee shop, or business travelers in an airport. This enables an endless variety of wireless applications, such as:
    • Accessing a printer at a friend's home or hotel
    • Downloading photos or music from a smartphone or media player
    • Transferring presentation files or documents between PCs
    • Sharing a 3G or broadband Internet connection
  • Atheros is working with a variety of customers to build an ecosystem of Wi-Fi Direct certified devices that use its Direct Connect software. Direct Connect is already a market-proven feature in mobile handsets and travel routers, and Atheros expects several of the leading PC brands to offer Direct Connect features in early 2011.

  • Direct Connect simplifies every aspect of peer-to-peer connectivity, from device discovery and pairing to security. Atheros has developed an intuitive and customizable user interface that provides a consistent process for finding and connecting devices -- whether using a PC, mobile phone or other device. Direct Connect also supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ to enable push-button security, using the same WPA2 security features that people have come to trust for Wi-Fi devices.

  • Atheros offers both standards-based and proprietary features that make Direct Connect easy for product developers to implement and easier for consumers to use. One innovative feature of Direct Connect, known as Direct Access Point, essentially turns a mobile phone into a hotspot by sharing its 3G/4G Internet connections with other devices.

Supporting Quotes:
Gary Szilagyi, vice president and general manager of Atheros' Computing and Consumer Business Unit
"Atheros has been a long-time proponent of peer-to-peer networking, so we are excited about the opportunities that will be created by the certification and proliferation of Wi-Fi Direct products. As one of the first chipmakers to earn Wi-Fi Direct certification we can quickly enable our customers to deliver a wide range of products that make the Wi-Fi experience more convenient and easy for consumers to use."

Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance
"We congratulate Atheros on achieving selection to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct test bed. Atheros' participation in the development of this program has been instrumental in the achievement of an industry-wide certification for this revolutionary new Wi-Fi technology."

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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

Atheros, the Atheros logo, Align, XSPAN and Direct Connect are trademarks of Atheros Communications, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.


 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 expected Wi-Fi Direct CERTIFIED certification of XSPAN multi-stream 11n and Align single-stream 11n products before the end of 2010, the expectation that several of the leading PC brands will offer Direct Connect features in early 2011, and the expected proliferation of W-Fi Direct and the opportunities expected to be created by this proliferation, 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 June 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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