Wireless Innovator Atheros Communications Announces `Premier

 Partners' Program; Leading Companies 
Join Atheros to Drive Next-Generation Wireless Networking  
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers  
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 2001--A new Premier 
Partners program from Atheros Communications allows key industry 
leaders to join with Atheros to develop, build and market the next 
generation of wireless local area network (LAN) systems. These 
systems, based on the IEEE 802.11a standard and using the company's 
unique "Radio-on-a-Chip" (RoC) networking technology, will deliver the 
highest-speed, most cost-effective, most power-efficient wireless LAN 
products in the industry.  
Charter companies of the Premier Partners program, including Card 
Access, Intermec, Proxim and TDK, have early access to Atheros 
technology to develop, build and market their own unique wireless 
solutions. These leading systems, networking and consumer electronics 
companies -- some of the best innovators and thought leaders in 
wireless networking -- are working directly with Atheros to develop 
the technologies of the wireless future. Moving forward, Atheros will 
continue to add key partners to the program.  
"Our Premier Partners program provides an environment where 
creativity and innovation can flourish, giving these forward-looking 
companies a unique opportunity to influence this new emerging market," 
said Rich Redelfs, president and CEO of Atheros. "These companies are 
united in their belief that 802.11a is the answer to both today's 
market demands and tomorrow's even more challenging requirements."  
Atheros and its partners are dedicated to making possible 
transparent connectivity between all computing, communications, video 
and audio devices in the office, in the home, and in public places 
such as airports and hotels. To achieve this goal, Atheros developed 
its fast, highly integrated, low-cost AR5000 chipset, which represents 
a significant breakthrough over slower, more complex existing 
products. The Atheros AR5000 chipset is the world's first two-chip, 
all-CMOS, end-to-end solution for IEEE 802.11a, 5GHz wireless LANs. 
The AR5000 chipset supports the IEEE 802.11a maximum data rate of 
54Mbps, and can also provide speeds up to 72Mbps in Atheros' turbo 
mode. Volume shipment of the Atheros AR5000 chipset is on target for 
this summer.  
"The appetite for access and distribution of information and 
entertainment content continues to grow at amazing speeds. 
Implementing the latest wireless technologies from Atheros into our 
next generation of communications products will help redefine how 
people connect, communicate and enjoy their entertainment," said Kent 
Hansen, vice president of Business Development, Card Access Inc.  
"With early access to Atheros' 802.11a, 5GHz wireless 
technologies, Intermec will be able to address the growing 
enterprise-wide wireless networking demands of our Fortune 1000 
customers in industrial, logistics and retail markets, and also 
provide a wireless-only solution for small office/home office 
environments," said Greg Smith, vice president and general manager, 
Wireless Products Group, Intermec Technologies Corp.  
"Proxim is pleased to partner with Atheros to deliver reliable, 
higher-speed wireless networking to the enterprise," said Kurt Bauer, 
vice president and general manager, Proxim, Inc. "Proxim is committed 
to protecting enterprises' investment in wireless networking. With 
Proxim's multi-standard Harmony solution, enterprises can deploy 
wireless today and seamlessly migrate to 802.11a tomorrow."  
"Just as TDK took the lead in developing Ethernet NICs based on 
the CardBus standard, which enabled higher data rates at lower power 
than traditional PC Cards, TDK 5GHz wireless solutions based on the 
IEEE 802.11a standard and Atheros Communications technology will set a 
new, higher standard for client wireless connectivity," said Haruki 
Tsunekawa, general manager, TDK Systems Division.  
About Atheros Communications, Inc.  
On April 23, 2001, Atheros announced the close of its third round 
of financing in the amount of $66.7 million, with Fidelity Management 
& Research Company as the lead investor. Atheros Communications was 
founded in May 1998 by leading experts in radio and signal processing 
from Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, 
and private industry. The company's mission is to provide wireless 
networking technologies that drive transparent connections between all 
computing, communications, audio and video devices. Funded by August 
Capital, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Foundation Capital, 
New Enterprise Associates and others, Atheros has raised a total of 
$98.3 million in three rounds of funding. The Company currently 
employs over 120 people and has filed more than 40 wireless technology 
patents. For more information, visit www.atheros.com, call 
408/773-5200, or send email to info@atheros.com.  
About Card Access  
Founded in 1995, Card Access Inc. has an extensive background in 
the mobile communications arena including PC Card, Mini PCI and custom 
form factor designs. Card Access researches, develops, tests and 
manufactures a variety of communications devices. Concentrating in the 
client and embedded communications market segment, Card Access focuses 
on providing innovative, small, low-power communications designs for 
operating system-independent applications. Visit 
www.cardaccess-inc.com for more information. Contact: Kent Hansen, 
801/292-2909, ext. 12, khansen@cardaccess-inc.com.  
About Intermec  
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, is a 
leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, 
manufacture and integration of MobileLAN(TM) wireless and wired 
systems, automated data collection, Intellitag(R) RFID (radio 
frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. Companies in 
many industries use Intermec products to improve productivity, quality 
and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain 
management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and 
service. For more information, visit www.intermec.com and 
www.unova.com. Contact: Noel Hawke, 425/356-1675, 
noel.hawke@intermec.com.  
About Proxim  
Proxim, Inc. (Nasdaq:PROX), the pioneer in wireless broadband 
networking, has over 15 years of experience designing and building 
wirefree broadband networking solutions for the enterprise, service 
provider and home markets. The Harmony(TM) product family provides 
long-term investment protection for enterprises through the industry's 
first multi-standard architecture designed to work with any wirefree 
technology. Harmony also offers a broad range of design-in modules for 
OEMs. The Stratum(TM) product family offers a range of broadband 
access solutions and building-to-building networking connectivity for 
enterprises and service providers. The Symphony(TM)product family 
offers easy-to-use, inexpensive wirefree networking for homes, small 
offices and classrooms; while the Farallon(TM) products extend these 
networking choices with a range of Ethernet, HPNA and wirefree 
solutions for both Mac and PC users. Proxim is a member of the 
Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance and a promoter of the Home 
Radio Frequency Working Group along with Compaq, Intel, Siemens, 
Motorola, National Semiconductor and other leaders in the wireless 
market. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with 
offices globally. Visit www.proxim.com for more information. Contact: 
Debbie Abbott, director of Corporate Communications, 408/731-2790, 
dabbott@proxim.com.  
About TDK  
TDK Corporation (NYSE:TDK) is a leading global electronics company 
based in Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a 
key material in electronics and magnetics. TDK's current product line 
includes ferrite materials, electronic components and ICs, wireless 
computer networking products, magnetic heads for HDD, digital 
recording hardware and advanced digital recording media. Net sales in 
FY2000 were US$6.3 billion. For more information about TDK, visit 
www.tdk.com. Contact: Javier Espinoza, hespinoza@tdktca.com, 
1-408-467-5230.  
Notes to Editors: May 8-10, 2001 at Networld+Interop in Las Vegas, 
Atheros will have technology demonstrations along with partner 
participation in the ENT Zone booth #8231.  
ATHEROS(tm) and the Atheros logo are trademarks of Atheros 
Communications, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their 
respective holders. 
 
 
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