July 29, 2014 7:08 PM ET

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Company Overview of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Company Overview

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. develops semiconductor system solutions for communication products. The company’s products include solutions for wireless local area network (WLAN), mobile WLAN, Ethernet, Bluetooth, global positioning system (GPS), powerline communications, passive optical networking, and broadband multiplexing. It offers reference designs used in designing networking cards and routers, broadband gateways, mobile devices, and handsets. The company also provides single and multi-chip WLAN products, such as wireless networking products for the computing and small office/home office markets; and wireless infrastructure systems-on-chip with network management capabilities for the enterpri...

1700 Technology Drive

San Jose, CA 95110

United States

Founded in 1998

1,778 Employees





Key Executives for Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Age: 53
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Infrastructure Business Unit
Age: 58
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Networking Business Unit
Chief Accounting Officer
Age: 56
Vice President
Age: 48
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Key Developments

ParkerVision Files Second Patent Infringement Suit against Qualcomm, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc

ParkerVision, Inc. announced that it has filed a second patent infringement complaint against Qualcomm Incorporated. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, alleges that Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. have and continue to make, use, import into the United States, and sell integrated circuits that infringe seven ParkerVision patents. These patents, which were granted for different technologies than the patents in ParkerVision's first infringement case against Qualcomm, relate to radio frequency up-conversion of electromagnetic signals, systems for control of multi-mode, multi-band communications, baseband innovations including control and system calibration, and wireless protocol conversion. ParkerVision is seeking unspecified monetary damages from the Defendants as well as a permanent injunction. ParkerVision is also seeking a finding of willful infringement against Qualcomm based on its alleged prior knowledge of certain of the patents in this case.

Qualcomm Atheros Innovates to Optimize Spectrum Usage with MU-MIMO for Wi-Fi

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. is delivering the first Qualcomm(R) VIVE(TM) 4-stream 802.11ac solutions with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) to greatly improve Wi-Fi(R) performance for the growing number of connected devices in homes, offices and public hotspots. Enhanced with Qualcomm Atheros' innovative algorithm-based technology, the new solutions offer two to three times more network capacity and are designed to optimize the way Wi-Fi devices are served to make the most of that additional capacity. MU-MIMO is a new way for Wi-Fi networks to operate. With standard Wi-Fi, clients are served sequentially; during this time, only one device is sending and receiving information, thus only a small portion of network capacity is being used. The accumulation of these sequential events creates a drop in throughput and capacity as more devices join the network. This situation can be further exacerbated when combined with the growing amount of on-demand high resolution video content. MU-MIMO enables simultaneous transmission to groups of clients, making more efficient use of available Wi-Fi network capacity and speeding up transmissions. Qualcomm Atheros pioneered MU-MIMO and created highly sophisticated algorithms that manage the complexities of simultaneous connections to optimize the experience for all devices on a VIVE 11ac network. With a more precise view of the environment, Qualcomm Atheros' algorithm-based technology is designed to dynamically adapt to changes in channel conditions, device movement and application requirements to maximize throughput and device performance. This not only makes the best use of the available bandwidth, but also maintains better connections in complex multi-user networks. In order to extract the maximum benefits of MU-MIMO, it must be used on both sides of the connection. To accelerate the benefits of MU-MIMO for more Wi-Fi users, Qualcomm Atheros is providing a complete ecosystem of solutions for networking products, as well as smartphones, tablets, computers, consumer electronics and automobiles. Qualcomm Atheros is introducing the QCA9980 and QCA9982 solutions for routers and gateways, and the QCA9990 and QCA9992 solutions for enterprise access points. These 3- and 4-stream, single-chip solutions feature MU-MIMO, 256-QAM modulation, and explicit and implicit beamforming to meet carrier and enterprise requirements for next-generation performance and agility to support more connected devices. The QCA998x and QCA999x are expected to sample in the second quarter of 2014.

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.'s Smart Gateway Platform Transforms Connected Experiences in the Home to Enable New Breed of Applications and Services

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. is driving a new class of smart gateway products with its recently announced Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ), enabling a robust Smarthome platform that supports connected devices, systems, applications and things for a richer consumer experience in the home. The smart gateway combines the processing power of IPQ, the Gigabit Wi-Fi(R) of Qualcomm(R) VIVE(TM) 802.11ac, the intelligence of Qualcomm(R) StreamBoost(TM) technology and an open app environment to enable new services for the connected home. The smart gateway acts as a digital conduit that is designed to improve consumers' connected experiences in the home, add to carriers' consumer offerings, and help OEMs and developers further differentiate their products with new software and services. The processing capabilities of the IPQ platform to manage advanced functions such as complex and demanding Internet-based applications and services, enables smart gateways to support a wide variety of applications that bring new capabilities to the home network. One such application is Qualcomm's StreamBoost technology, which intelligently manages network bandwidth and provides carriers with valuable analytics and remote management capabilities. StreamBoost is a core building block of the Smarthome platform as it intelligently manages bandwidth being utilized by increasing numbers of applications and devices operating in a users' home network. This creates the high number of optimal online experiences in today's connected home. IPQ also enables gateway manufacturers to differentiate their products with new software services, increased processing power, value-added features and an open source app environment. Qualcomm Atheros offers an SDK that exposes innovative software features including those on StreamBoost and the open source AllJoyn software framework, which is designed to simplify the discovery, connectivity and control of devices, services and applications. Existing developers, as well as new entrants, can leverage a proven platform to fast-track applications that expand the connected home ecosystem.

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