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Atheros Intros New Combo Chip

Sep 15, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While it’s hardly revolutionary to put Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on one chipset—Broadcom’s BCM4329 announced in December 2008 combines 802.11n, Bluetooth, and FM technologies on a single silicon die, for instance—the AR9002WB-1NGB breaks ground, according to Atheros, for its size.

"“For the first time, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have been put in a 1x1 11n PCIe combo solution,” says Liou. “The Half Mini is great for small form factors—two wireless technologies on one card.” The AR9285 integrates the MAC/baseband and radio transceiver, as well as the power amplifier, low noise amplifiers, and antenna switch in an 8mm x 8mm QFN package.

"The new combo chip features the AR3011 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR single-chip solution—optimized for PCs—and is software upgradeable to Bluetooth 3.0...

"The AR9002WB-1NGB supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Linux operating systems and is sampling to customers now."

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