Atheros announced that as of January 2006, it had shipped more than 50 million wireless chipsets

February 27, 2006

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHR), a leading developer of advanced wireless solutions, today announced that as of January 2006, it had shipped more than 50 million wireless chipsets, further solidifying its position as the wireless market's leader in performance and integration. In the fourth quarter of 2005, Atheros shipped the equivalent of one chipset every second. A significant portion of Atheros' 2005 shipments consisted of its industry leading Super GR, Super AGR, and Atheros XRR (eXtended Range) performance technologies, which provide enhanced throughput and range. Additionally, products based on Atheros' VLocity(TM) MIMO and Super G high-performance wireless technologies achieved a majority of the U.S. retail MIMO market share in the second half of 2005.

"Atheros' success stems from its dedication to providing customers with the industry's highest-performing, most highly-integrated solutions," said Craig Barratt, president and chief executive officer of Atheros Communications.

"Shipping our 50-millionth chipset demonstrates our customers' success in leveraging our technology's strengths to satisfy growing consumer demand."

Since its inception in 1998, Atheros has pioneered six generations of WLAN chipsets, many of which were industry firsts. The company introduced the world's first single-chip 802.11g and 802.11a/g solutions for client devices; single-chip 802.11g solution for access points; single-chip solutions for PAS (Personal Access System); and single-chip 802.11a/g and 802.11g Wi-Fi solutions for mobile and embedded devices. The high level of chip integration enables Atheros' customers to build cost-effective, small-form-factor products. Atheros has also singularly driven the development of dual-mode, single-chip 802.11a/g solutions, which operate in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Devices operating in the 5 GHz band, which offers up to 24 non-overlapping channels, provide the benefit of interference-free operation. A key requirement of the 802.11n draft specification is the support of multiple devices on a given network, operating various high-bandwidth applications simultaneously. For this reason, the 5 GHz band is a key element of the specification.

"Atheros' position of leadership in the WLAN industry was earned the old-fashioned way by delivering outstanding components that form the basis of great end-user products," said Craig Mathias, a principal at the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group, located in Ashland, Mass. "It has been really exciting to watch Atheros' progress from the very early days of the first 5 GHz, CMOS radio to its industry-leading innovations of today."

Atheros Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR)

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