Qualcomm Atheros Launches 802.11ac Home Networking Platform

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4, 2012  /PRNewswire/ – Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today at COMPUTEX TAIPEI announced the new QCA9005AP 802.11ac reference design for wireless routers, gateways and enterprise access points. Using an on-board processor and power efficient radio architecture, the 802.11ac platform can accelerate mainstream adoption of Gigabit wireless products for home and business networks. The new reference platform features the QCA9558 dual-band, 3-stream 802.11n system-on-chip (SoC), the QCA9880 3-stream 802.11ac radio solution, and the AR8327 Gigabit Ethernet switch.

Qualcomm Atheros’ entire family of 802.11ac solutions—from networking to mobile and computing—was designed with on-board processors and hardware acceleration to offload Wi-Fi processing from the host CPU. This architectural advantage enables highly efficient Gigabit wireless performance without the use of costly, power-hungry, Gigabit-class processors. By pairing the QCA9880 802.11ac radio with the QCA9558 802.11n SoC, networking OEMs can build cost-effective and power-efficient 802.11ac-enabled products that are capable of aggregate PHY rates of up to 1.7 Gbps. This dual-band platform will help drive the market transition to the latest Wi-Fi technology and enable customers to deliver home routers, carrier gateways and enterprise access points (APs) in time for the first wave of 802.11ac certification, which the Wi-Fi Alliance has scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.

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