Qualcomm Atheros unveils 802.11ac products to offer Gigabit-capable Wi-Fi performance

By Telecom Lead Team: Qualcomm Atheros, a networking
and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm, has launched its 802.11ac Wi-Fi

802.11ac expands performance and coverage to enable HD
video-grade connectivity across crowded networks.

Qualcomm’s 802.11ac products target mobile, home and
office networking, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, laptops, televisions,
home routers, gateways and enterprise access points.

Qualcomm Atheros is sampling its 802.11ac chips to customers
in the second quarter of 2012 and will demonstrate the WCN3680 capabilities at
Mobile World Congress 2012.

“Qualcomm Atheros is enabling a
client-to-infrastructure 802.11ac ecosystem by combining its Wi-Fi expertise
across virtually all segments with Qualcomm’s position in mobile
channels,” said Craig Barratt, president, Qualcomm Atheros.

By enabling client devices, with easy migration from
802.11n to 802.11ac, Qualcomm Atheros is paving the way for rapid adoption of
products based on the new Wi-Fi standard. This should provide for a smooth,
full-scale transition to Gigabit-capable Wi-Fi networking within the next two

Targeted at mobile devices, the WCN3680 chip has high
throughput for fast data transfer and low power consumption, enabling longer
battery life and superior performance for demanding applications. The
Snapdragon S4 processor class supports leading operating systems, providing
data rates up to 433 Mbps.

To address the growing array of connectivity needs for
computing, Qualcomm is offering a rich family of solutions, including 1-, 2-
and 3-stream 802.11ac solutions that can achieve up to 1.3 Gbps wireless data

The Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ac chips for computing enable
the smallest, thinnest notebooks with support for leading operating systems.
The chips also support Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi Display for full peer-to-peer

To complete its Gigabit wireless ecosystem, Qualcomm
Atheros is launching 2- and 3-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi to PCIe
single-chip radios for home and enterprise network access equipment. These new
chips achieve up to 1.3 Gbps wireless data rates and target next-generation
dual-band, dual-concurrent (DBDC) wireless access points, routers and gateways.

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