Qualcomm Atheros Expands Networking Infrastructure Portfolio with the Industry's First SMB Unified High Port-Count Gigabit

    Qualcomm Atheros Expands Networking Infrastructure Portfolio with the
 Industry's First SMB Unified High Port-Count Gigabit Ethernet Switch Family

- New Switch Family is the First Aimed at the SMB Market to Integrate Wireless
Controller Functions into the Chipset -

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM)
today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., launched the
QCA871x series of high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch solutions, featuring
the industry's first unified wired and wireless switch functionality for
small- and medium-business (SMB) customers, and the QCA851x series, consisting
of high port-count wired solutions. The new high-performance chipsets are
designed to enable simple, automated, end-to-end switch and access point
solutions at price points that will help worldwide SMB customers achieve
advanced cloud management typically associated with enterprise-class switch

With the QCA871x series, Qualcomm Atheros is the first company to integrate
wireless controller functions into the switch silicon, enabling the solution
to process and forward both wired Ethernet 802.3 and Wi-Fi 802.11 packets
simultaneously at wire speed. Furthermore, the complete Control and
Provisioning of Wireless Access Points Protocol (CAPWAP) support in the
QCA871x allows remote access point control and management to enhance network
performance and lower maintenance costs. The QCA871x also eliminates the need
for an external multi-core CPU commonly employed in traditional Wi-Fi Access
Controller architectures, replacing it with an integrated, high-performance
CPU, thus providing a competitive cost structure to address SMB requirements.

Most SMB locations do not have dedicated IT support for network security
functions. To address this network management gap, the QCA871x and QCA851x
solutions implement a unique series of simple-to-use, highly secure features
not found in standard switch offerings. In addition to the native DOS
prevention technologies and multi-stage ACL engine, the QCA871x and QCA851x
contain the industry's only multi-level isolation accelerator, allowing users
to create features such as port isolation and private VLANs with a simple
select and click matrix.

Qualcomm Atheros' QCA871x/QCA851x switch series also offers rich managed
Layer 2/Layer 3 (L2/L3) features in an easy to use solution with reduced
complexity and cost structure relative to the traditional enterprise switch,
thus bringing a high-performance, yet cost-effective solution to the SMB

To meet the harsh environmental and power challenges such as those found in
emerging countries, the new switch series features Qualcomm Atheros'
patent-pending surge protection and advanced anti-electrostatic discharge
(anti-ESD) technologies. These enhancements lower total cost of ownership by
reducing potential surge and ESD damage at manufacturing lines and in the

With its current portfolio of high-volume, single-port LAN-on-motherboard
(LOM), physical layer transceiver (PHY), and SOHO switch solutions, Qualcomm
Atheros has shipped more than 100 million Ethernet chips over the past 12
months. Building upon its expertise in high-volume markets, Qualcomm Atheros
is uniquely positioned to address the industry's growing SMB high port-count
Gigabit switch market.

"Qualcomm Atheros' R&D and engineering teams worldwide have proven experience
in multiple Ethernet segments," said George Chu, general manager and vice
president of the Ethernet group, infrastructure business unit, Qualcomm
Atheros. "With the convergence of wired and wireless networks, this is the
ideal time for us to enter the high port switching market and to accelerate
the momentum of unified wired and wireless networks."

Qualcomm Atheros' new high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch series is now
sampling to customers and is expected to ship in volume beginning in the first
quarter of 2013.

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and
next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes
Qualcomm's licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent
portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm
Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of
Qualcomm's engineering, research and development functions, and substantially
all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor
business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have
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Qualcomm Atheros is a trademark of Qualcomm Atheros Inc. Qualcomm is a
trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the
Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are the sole property of their respective

Qualcomm Contacts:
Laurie Falconer, Qualcomm Atheros
Phone: 1-408-616-3036
Email: laurief@qualcomm.com

Tina Asmar, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-858-845-5959
Email: casmar@qualcomm.com

Warren Kneeshaw, Investor Relations
Phone: 1-858-658-4813
Email: ir@qualcomm.com

SOURCE Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Website: http://www.qualcomm.com
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