July 22, 2017 10:20 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 and Director
Age: 56
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Infrastructure Business Unit
Age: 61
Chief Technical Officer
Vice President of Global Human Resources
Age: 67
Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Electronics
Age: 48
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Key Developments

Qualcomm and Acuity Brands Collaborate to Commercially Deploy Qualcomm Lumicast Technology for Precise Indoor Location Services in More Than 100 Retail Locations

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., is working closely with Acuity Brands in the commercial deployment of LED lighting fixtures/services (marketed by Acuity Brands as Bytelight™ Services) that use Qualcomm® Lumicast™ technology to bring indoor positioning capabilities and services to retailers. Unlike RF-based technologies, Lumicast uses visible-light signals transmitted from LED fixtures to deliver indoor positioning. A regular smartphone, using apps enabled by Lumicast software, receives the light signals through the front camera to determine its position and orientation with exceptional precision and speed. The technology is designed to deliver precise indoor location services within tens of centimeters of accuracy – a capability that can revolutionize use cases for navigation, advertising and promotions, and customer service, as well as improve operational efficiencies in environments such as retail stores, malls, museums, airports, factories, warehouses, educational and healthcare institutions, and enterprises. Lumicast technology includes a transmitter specification and mobile software that lighting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can license from Qualcomm Atheros. With the transmitter specification, OEMs can enable Lumicast functionality in their LED driver electronics for LED light fixtures. The mobile software integrates into smartphone applications to provide OEMs and venues with the opportunity to develop and offer indoor location services that consumers will find beneficial from a time, efficiency and cost saving perspective and venues from data and operational efficiencies. The Lumicast mobile software is now available and can be integrated with both Android and iOS applications.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Launches Wi-Fi Son Solutions

Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., has launched Qualcomm Wi-Fi Self Organizing Network, or SON, solutions. Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON is the comprehensive set of differentiation features for networking products that power smart gateways, wireless routers, range extenders and access points in conjunction with several OEMs, including Airtight, Asus, D-Link, Linksys and TP-Link. Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON is aimed at simplifying Wi-Fi networking in the home and office while optimizing end-to-end performance and offering the best user experience. Key features include: self-configuring that enables plug-and-play deployment; self-managing that offers autonomous performance optimization; self-healing actively detects and resolves connectivity bottlenecks; and self-defending that secures the network from unauthorized access. Qualcomm Wi-Fi SON is currently available for product integration, allowing OEMs to differentiate their services and further show industry leadership.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Enables Number of New Multi-Band Wi-Fi Products

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. reached a major milestone by enabling a number of new multi-band Wi-Fi products (featuring 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band and 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac with MU-MIMO) across networking, mobile and computing segments. These products are expected to lead the way for a robust ecosystem and underscore the importance of the greater capacity and speed that 802.11ad brings to the evolution of Wi-Fi. Several companies plan to release products in the coming year that utilize the end-to-end solutions for 802.11ad products including: Smartphones from Letv Access points from Elecom, NEC and TP-Link Notebooks from Acer and Asus Adapters from SiBEAM, Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company, and Peraso Technologies, Inc. By utilizing a portfolio of platforms, including the Qualcomm Technologies' Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 and Qualcomm Atheros' Qualcomm® Internet Processor (IPQ) 8064 reference designs combined with its QCA9500 802.11ad chipset, Qualcomm is providing easy to use solutions for the industry. As a result, customers can easily design the most advanced wireless connectivity features into a variety of products. By offering up to 4.6 Gbps PHY and bringing bandwidth rich 60GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi's fold, 802.11ad is one of the tools that can address the burgeoning data demand in homes, enterprises and carrier networks. Some of the 11ad use cases include lag-free docking and screen mirroring, 4k streaming to multiple devices, near instant access to multimedia and fast upload and downloads.

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