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February 12, 2016 7:54 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. 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.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., Launches Qualcomm® Wi-Fi SON

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., has launched Qualcomm® Wi-Fi SON, the industry's 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; 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. Introduces Wave 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi System-on-Chip for Routers, Gateways and Access Points

Qualcomm Incorporated through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. introduced the, smart gateway system-on-chip (SoC) incorporating its next generation Qualcomm® Internet Processor (IPQ), Qualcomm® VIVE™ with Qualcomm® MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology, built-in Gigabit Ethernet, Qualcomm® StreamBoost™, with support for dual band simultaneous (DBS) transmission and LTE backhaul. The IPQ40x8/x9 SoC will be the basis for a wide variety of applications and services, including home routers, enterprise access points, hotspots, carrier LTE gateways and range extenders. This fully integrated solution will provide for cost-effective development while ensuring top-of-the-line network performance and efficiency. The IPQ40x8/x9 integrates two 2x2 radios capable of up to 1.73 Gbps maximum PHY rate, a quad-core ARM CPU and a Gigabit Ethernet switch onto the same silicon chip. As the industry's first fully integrated Wave 2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi® solution, the IPQ40x8/x9 is a cost, size and power-effective solution that enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring 11ac benefits to mainstream segments. Additionally, IPQ40x8/x9 has the flexibility to configure its radios for traditional 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz dual band simultaneous operation, or both configured to 5 GHz band for single-band simultaneous or range extender operation. Platforms based on the IPQ40x8/x9 are highly configurable with USB3.0, PCIe, SD/eMMC, Ethernet and LTE interfaces, making them suitable for a large number of use cases, including smart home gateways and Internet-of-Everything hubs, to residential consumer premises equipment (CPE), to Wi-Fi backhaul equipment, to LTE gateways. The IPQ40x8/x9 is sampling to key customers now and is expected to be in mass production in first quarter 2016.

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