Atheros Aligns 802.11n

Atheros launches Align technology, leveraging 802.11n 1-stream specification to provide upgrade from legacy 802.11g

October 27, 2008

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Atheros Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHR) , a leading developer of advanced semiconductor system solutions for wireless and wired communications, today announced the first members of its Align(TM) product family, the industry's most complete portfolio of wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions based on the IEEE draft 802.11n 1-stream specification. The single-stream feature enables a new class of Wi-Fi(R) devices that deliver performance enhancements over the existing 802.11g technology, at comparable price points. Align solutions are also forward compatible to higher-performance, multi-stream, MIMO-based 802.11n -- providing the optimal upgrade path for value-class WLAN products.

Consumers who move from 802.11g to products based on Align 1-stream technology will experience enhanced performance in their home networks. Align solutions deliver up to 150 Mbps PHY rates, and leverage the efficiencies of the 802.11n media access control (MAC) technology to achieve actual throughput levels up to five times that of legacy 802.11g. The higher throughput of 1-stream products improves network efficiency by occupying the wireless channel for shorter periods than slower 11g devices -- reducing congestion and increasing capacity for additional wireless devices. Align products employ optional features of the 11n specification and Atheros' advanced radio design techniques, to effectively double the wireless coverage versus legacy WLAN solutions.

Initial Align solutions target the low-cost notebook, netbook, home networking and consumer electronics (CE) markets, enabling end-to-end, 1-stream connectivity for highly reliable and power-efficient WLAN operation. With its significant 802.11g footprint among leading PC and networking equipment manufacturers, Atheros is enabling a rapid transition from legacy WLAN to Align 1-stream technology.

The Atheros Align portfolio is the ideal performance and value complement to the company's XSPAN(R) family, which was launched in 2006 and is now the most widely adopted 802.11n technology worldwide. Based on the 2-stream, MIMO-enabled 802.11n specification, today's XSPAN solutions deliver up to 300 Mbps PHY rates per band, providing the best user experience for advanced multimedia networking. Together, XSPAN and Align comprise Atheros' new-generation WLAN product portfolio, which offers customers performance and price options to address the complete range of throughput and coverage requirements of today's wireless PC and home networking products.

Atheros Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR)

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