Atheros Announces Customers

Atheros 802.11a/b/g chipsets supporting an indoor basestation from Vivato, WiFi voice apps from Colubris, and access points from Foundry and Trapeze

May 11, 2004

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LAS VEGAS -- Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR - News), a leading developer of advanced wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets, and Vivato, a leading provider of wireless networking equipment, announced today that Vivato's recently introduced Indoor Wi-Fi Base Station, the VP2200, uses the Atheros AR5002G chipset. The new product combines a high-performance WLAN chipset from Atheros and Vivato's smart antennae technology to significantly increase the Wi-Fi coverage area for a wide range of network environments.

The VP2200 lowers the overall cost of deploying large coverage area Wi-Fi networks in warehouses, retail stores, shopping malls; university auditoriums, libraries and cafeterias; airport terminals, train stations and bus terminals; hotels and resorts; stadiums and arenas; convention centers and exhibition halls; and museums and military barracks. The Vivato VP2200 Indoor Wi-Fi Base Station will be displayed in the Atheros NetWorld+Interop booth, #2801, from May 11-13.

The Atheros AR5002G chipset, which is integrated into the base station, delivers high data transfer rates up to 54 Mbps, compliant with the IEEE's 802.11g standard. Additionally, the VP2200 can achieve high data rates while covering up to 12 times the area of a typical industrial grade access point. The Atheros chipset enables the VP2200 to be backward compatible with any 802.11b-compliant device. It also supports the latest WLAN security standards, including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 802.11i Enhanced Security using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in hardware.

"Atheros' WLAN chipset technology is complementary to Vivato's innovative designs and smart antennae technology," said Colin Macnab, vice president of marketing and business development for Atheros. "We are pleased to work with Vivato in bringing to market a high performance and secure solution."

"Vivato is enabling next-generation large-scale WLAN deployments that deliver superior performance with far fewer Wi-Fi devices using advanced smart antenna technology," said Siavash Alamouti, chief technology officer for Vivato. "Atheros is providing a key component to our new high rate 802.11g extended Wi-Fi solution. We value our close dealings with a technology leader such as Atheros and look forward to working with them on future products."

In a separate release:

Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR - News), a leading developer of advanced wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets, and Colubris Networks, a global provider of intelligent WLAN access solutions, announced today that Colubris Networks' CN1220 and CN1250 802.11a/b/g enterprise-class access points feature the Atheros AR5001X+ chipset. The Colubris products are the industry's first to support voice-over- Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) service using a multi-service virtual access point capability. The intelligent access devices will be displayed at Colubris Networks' NetWorld+Interop booth, #2602, from May 11-13.

The multi-service virtual access point capability offers a simpler and lower cost solution to businesses that are converging voice and data applications onto a single, fully-managed WLAN. Using access devices with this capability, enterprises no longer are required either to operate all WLAN applications at the lowest common denominator of security or to deploy completely separate WLANs for each application such as data networking and voice. Enterprises can now configure as many as 16 different virtual access point services using a single physical Colubris Networks access device.

The Atheros AR5001X+ chipset, which is integrated into the access points, delivers high data transfer rates up to 54 Mbps, compliant with either the IEEE's 802.11a or 802.11g standard. The CN1220 and CN1250 802.11a/b/g access points' operating mode is software selectable and the devices offer backwards compatibility with any 802.11b wireless network adapter or laptop.

The Colubris products use Atheros' WLAN technology to converge voice and data communications on WLANs by fully supporting the Wireless Media Extensions (WME) Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities defined in the IEEE 802.11e draft standard. The Atheros wireless chipsets enable Colubris to support the latest WLAN security standards including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 802.11i Enhanced Security using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in hardware.

"Atheros' chipsets deliver enterprise-class performance by combining the latest security and QoS standards with superior WLAN performance," said Colin Macnab, vice president of marketing and business development of Atheros Communications. "We are pleased to be working with Colubris on innovative solutions that meet the needs of enterprises."

"Colubris is enabling next-generation WLAN deployments that seamlessly support Voice-over-Wi-Fi and high speed data services on a single, more cost- effective and easier-to-manage wireless platform that extends the enterprise's existing LAN," said Colubris Networks vice president of enterprise development, Roger Sands. "Atheros is providing its 802.11a/b/g chipset to our industry-first multi-service Virtual AP functionality. We value our relationship with Atheros and look forward to working with them on future products."

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Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR - News), a leading developer of advanced wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets, and Foundry Networks (Nasdaq: FDRY - News), a performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and routing, will be displaying Foundry's IronPoint 200 Access Points in the Atheros NetWorld+Interop booth, #2801, from May 11-13. Foundry's IronPoint access points, which are based on Atheros chipset technology, are among the industry's highest-performance wireless access points. This popular series of dual band enterprise-class access points has been shipping to Foundry customers worldwide since October 2003.

Foundry's IronPoint 200 access point offers a powerful central processor, ample memory, dual concurrent high-performance radios, and a modular design that makes it fully field upgradeable. The Atheros AR5001X+ chipset provides multi-mode 802.11a/b/g operation for the access point. These products are compliant with the IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g standards and are backward compatible with any 802.11b device.

The IronPoint 200 access point also offers enhanced WLAN performance to its enterprise users by enabling Atheros' 802.11a Turbo technology. This performance enhancement delivers real throughput rates of over 40 Mbps. The Atheros chipset also provides enterprise-grade security, with hardware support for the latest WLAN security standards including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 802.11i Enhanced Security using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

"Atheros technology delivers the high performance and advanced security features required for enterprise-class applications and networks," said Colin Macnab, vice president of marketing and business development of Atheros Communications. "Foundry understands the needs of enterprises and has introduced innovative products to meet demand. We are pleased to be working with Foundry to offer enterprise-class WLAN products that include the industry's best performing 802.11a/b/g technology."

"Dual-band 802.11a/b/g wireless networking is the best option for enterprises that are deploying a wireless LAN," said Phil Kwan, Integrated Edge product line manager for Foundry. "Atheros' technology offers high performance and flexibility, giving our enterprise customers a range of performance options to meet their needs. We look forward to continuing our work with Atheros to bring to market advanced WLAN solutions."

In a separate release:

Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR - News), a leading developer of advanced wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets, today announced that Trapeze Networks(TM), the award- winning provider of the wireless LAN (WLAN) Mobility System(TM), is using Atheros' high-performance 802.11a/b/g technology in its latest enterprise- class Mobility Points. The Mobility Point 262 and Mobility Point 52 were introduced on May 10, 2004. Trapeze will be displaying its line of Mobility Points(TM) in the Atheros NetWorld+Interop booth, #2801, from May 11-13.

The Mobility Points are part of Trapeze's WLAN Mobility System that helps enterprises build and manage a secure, service-rich, and operationally efficient WLAN. Trapeze provides the complete set of tools needed to plan, deploy and manage a distributed or centralized WLAN and makes system capabilities, rather than topology, the focal point for customers selecting a WLAN architecture.

"Atheros' technology delivers the proven high performance needed by enterprises to support and deploy wireless networks," said Colin Macnab, vice president of marketing and business development of Atheros Communications. "Trapeze understands the various needs of enterprises, including robust performance and flexibility, and has turned to Atheros once again to help deliver innovative products that meet their customers' specific needs."

"As part of our efforts to continually provide our enterprise customers with the utmost flexibility, all of our Mobility Points offer dual-band 802.11a/b/g technology to support the widest range of devices that will be brought onto the wireless network," said Dan Simone, co-founder and vice president of product management and marketing. "We have had a great track record with Atheros' technology and look forward to continuing our work with them to deliver high performance solutions to our customers."

Atheros Communications Inc.

Vivato Inc.

Colubris Networks Inc.

Foundry Networks Inc.

Trapeze Networks Inc.

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