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September 03, 2015 8:43 PM ET

Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

Company Overview of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Company Overview

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. develops semiconductor system solutions for communication products. The company’s products include solutions for wireless local area network (WLAN), mobile WLAN, Ethernet, Bluetooth, global positioning system (GPS), powerline communications, passive optical networking, and broadband multiplexing. It offers reference designs used in designing networking cards and routers, broadband gateways, mobile devices, and handsets. The company also provides single and multi-chip WLAN products, such as wireless networking products for the computing and small office/home office markets; and wireless infrastructure systems-on-chip with network management capabilities for the enterpri...

1700 Technology Drive

San Jose, CA 95110

United States

Founded in 1998

1,778 Employees





Key Executives for Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Co-Founder, Director and Chairman of Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
Age: 54
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Infrastructure Business Unit
Age: 59
Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller
Age: 57
Chief Technical Officer
Vice President of Global Human Resources
Age: 65
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Key Developments

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Expands 802.11ac MU-MIMO Product Portfolio for Wi-Fi Access Points and Routers, Builds Momentum with Significant Customer Adoption

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., is unveiling new 802.11ac Wave 2 solutions that combine multi-user multi-input/multi-output (MU-MIMO), support for 160 MHz channels and 4x4 antenna configurations to offer higher performance and more efficient Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition to the new Qualcomm MU | EFX products, Qualcomm Atheros continues to help customers drive adoption of networking, computing and mobile products that can achieve up to three times faster 802.11ac connections in today's increasingly crowded environments. A number of Qualcomm Atheros customers have or will soon launch products based on the current generation of MU-MIMO chips. Next Generation of Qualcomm MU | EFX products: it is now adding two new products that further extend the capabilities of its Qualcomm MU | EFX line up. Qualcomm Atheros' new products, which include the QCA9984 for home routers and QCA9994 for enterprise access points, will offer advanced features to meet the requirements of the most demanding networks: enhanced MU-MIMO, with support for four simultaneous streams. Support for new, wider 160 MHz contiguous and 80+80 MHz non-contiguous 802.11ac channels - offering double the capacity of the existing 80 MHz channels. The QCA9994 further supports 5/10 MHz narrow channels for public safety applications. Bandwidth agility allows the radio to move seamlessly between channel widths on a packet-by-packet basis and achieve greater spectrum efficiency and throughput. Package-compatibility with the QCA998x and QCA999x solutions for a seamless transition from existing designs. The latest Qualcomm VIVE with Qualcomm MU | EFX solutions are sampling now, with customers such as TP-Link incorporating the QCA9984 into its designs. The company is showing this new technology in a live, over-the-air demonstration of 160 MHz operation during Computex, alongside other Wi-Fi, mobile and innovations for the Internet of Everything.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Unveils First Hybrid Wireless Extender Utilizing HomePlug AV2 MIMO and 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. launched the first hybrid wireless range extender utilizing Qualcomm Atheros' HomePlug® AV2 (HPAV2) multi-input/multi-output (MIMO) Powerline and 802.11ac Wi-Fi® technologies. The company also announced a new HomePlug AV2 single-input/single output (SISO) solution that brings reliability to mainstream broadband equipment. Both Powerline solutions are based on the HomePlug AV2 standard that is designed to provide reliable, high-speed connectivity over existing electrical wiring in the home. HomePlug AV2 Dual Band 802.11ac Range Extender Range extenders are an increasingly popular way to extend Wi-Fi connectivity throughout a home, using an existing electrical system as a wired backbone. The REH152, Qualcomm Atheros' newest range extender reference design, combines its high-performance HomePlug AV2 chipset (the QCA7500) to provide two to three times greater performance than popular HomePlug AV solutions, and 802.11ac system-on-chip (QCA9882 and QCA9563) to create a dual-band, dual concurrent (DBDC) wireless hotspot anywhere it is plugged in. This is especially useful in rooms far from the home's wireless router, or in cases where dense building construction creates wireless dead-spots or low-spots. The REH152 is equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port to provide a wired connection to nearby stationary devices, and can be used as an energy-efficient repeater to increase coverage. REH152 is currently sampling and the development kits are available now. Low-Cost, Energy Efficient HomePlug AV2 SISO Solution. Qualcomm Atheros is adding the PL29 to its family of Powerline solutions, to enable more consumers to experience broadband at electrical outlets in their home. Based on the AR7420, the PL29 is a highly-efficient, yet cost-effective HomePlug AV2 SISO solution designed for mainstream segments with high price sensitivity. The PL29 supports a Max PHY rate of 600 Mbps with plenty of real world throughput for 4K video streaming, online gaming and other demanding broadband applications. It is compliant with the HomePlug AV2 specification and operates in the SISO mode. The PL29 is currently sampling and the development kits are available now.

Qualcomm Expands Intelligent Connectivity Solutions for the Internet of Everything

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., has introduced two new intelligent connectivity solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE). The new solutions, the QCA401x and QCA4531, bring Wi-Fi and broad ranging capabilities to connect products and are each accompanied by development platforms to give customers an expedited and cost-effective path to deployment. The QCA401x is Qualcomm Atheros' most integrated and intelligent connectivity solution to date for the IoE. The QCA401x is designed to answer manufacturer demand for increased computing, memory and advanced features while lowering size, cost and power consumption. It features a fully integrated micro controller unit with up to 800KB of on-chip memory available to programmers and an expanded set of interfaces to directly interconnect with sensors, display and actuators, further reducing system cost, size and complexity. In addition, the QCA401x includes a suite of communication protocols including Wi-Fi, IPv6, HTTP and other cloud enablers, and an advanced security feature designed to maximize security in the smallest IoE devices. The QCA401x is currently being sampled by leading OEMs. The QCA4531 is a low-cost turnkey solution that brings high-performance connectivity capabilities with a user-programmable Linux/OpenWRT environment benefiting from the extended range based on 2x2 11n. It is designed to serve as a IoE node leveraging the Linux framework and as a hub to enable an IoE Ecosystem. As the IoE ecosystem expands, the QCA4531 is ideal for multi-protocol bridging and communication, bringing together multiple wireless medium and bridging between different ecosystems. The QCA4531 can function as an Access Point supporting up to 16 simultaneous devices, and is also power-optimized to enable appliances to meet international standards for energy efficiency. The QCA4531 is currently shipping to leading appliance manufacturers and other IoE-focused customers. Both the QCA401x and QCA4531 come pre-integrated with AllSeen Alliance's AllJoyn software framework, ensuring interoperability with the rapidly expanding AllJoyn ecosystem that is designed to enable smart devices to communicate locally. The QCA401x enables AllJoyn IoE clients, and the QCA4531 is capable of becoming an AllJoyn IoE hub.

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