Who We Are
Qualcomm Atheros San Jose1700 Technology Drive
San Jose, CA 95110
Qualcomm Atheros is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and a leading provider of wireless and wired technologies for the mobile, networking, computing and consumer electronics markets. We’re focused on inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all.
Our broad connectivity portfolio allows us to offer our global customer base high-performance, end-to-end solutions, featuring Wi-Fi®, GPS, Bluetooth®, FM, Ethernet, HomePlug® Powerline and PON technologies. By leveraging substantial expertise in RF, signal processing, software and networking we can deliver highly-integrated, low-power, system-level solutions that enable developers to create high-performance, differentiated products.
Qualcomm Atheros Vision
Inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all.
Atheros was founded as T-span in May 1998 by leading experts in radio and signal processing from Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and private industry.
Wi-Fi® – Qualcomm Atheros offers a full line of Wi-Fi solutions that deliver high-performance connectivity in the digital home, enterprise, and everywhere in between. Qualcomm VIVE™ 802.11ac and 802.11n technologies power the world’s leading brands of networking products, including Wi-Fi routers, broadband gateways, and enterprise access points. They also bring media-rich experiences to life on a growing number of devices – from smartphones and notebooks, to TVs and gaming systems.
Qualcomm Atheros also combines its best-in-class Wi-Fi with other technologies (including Bluetooth®, FM, Powerline, Ethernet, and network processors). These single-chip combinations and reference designs greatly expand the functionality and streamline the design of networking, computing, and CE products. By pairing our integrated connectivity solutions with Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 and 800 Series processors, mobile OEMs can provide complete connectivity with distinct performance and system advantages.
Powerline – Qualcomm Atheros is the industry’s leading provider of HomePlug Powerline solutions, which leverage existing electrical circuitry to provide robust wired connectivity throughout a home. Our Qualcomm AMP™ family of high-performance HomePlug AV and HomePlug AV2 solutions support today’s most demanding broadband applications in the digital home. Qualcomm Atheros is also delivering low-energy HomePlug Green PHY solutions, which enable a plethora of Smart Grid/Smart Home applications.
Hybrid Networks – As digital media applications stretch the limits of today’s home networks, Qualcomm Atheros is leading the transition to hybrid solutions that significantly improve network capacity, flexibility and simplicity. By combining the advantages of Wi-Fi, Powerline and Ethernet, Qualcomm Hy-Fi™ solutions deliver robust, whole-home connectivity needed for advanced broadband and media services.
Ethernet – The Qualcomm ETHOS™ family of Ethernet solutions provides computing and networking OEMs with Gigabit and Fast Ethernet options for switch, controller and PHY products. Featuring Qualcomm Atheros’ unique green technologies, ETHOS solutions offer market-leading power efficiency – complying with the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standard and exceeding requirements for the European Code of Conduct.
Location – Qualcomm IZat™ technologies provide always-on location capabilities for over one billion mobile devices and more than 50 operator networks. By combining location data from multiple satellite systems, cellular and Wi-Fi networks, sensors, and indoor location servers, IZat solutions can deliver faster, more accurate positions with less impact on a device’s battery life. Our integrated and discrete location engines can be used in mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and other consumer devices – whether or not they employ Qualcomm’s WAN technologies. We also offer an unmatched portfolio of intelligent database and server software that enhances the location capabilities of any device on any network.
NFC – To enable mobile payments and contactless data exchange on smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm Atheros offers the industry’s smallest, ultra-low power near field communication (NFC) solution. Our NFC chip can be used independently, or paired with our integrated connectivity solutions to provide complete connectivity for the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 800 Series mobile platforms.
Small Cells – As mobile operators cope with the astounding increase of data traffic, Qualcomm is driving the rapid densification of small cells to increase network data capacity. Qualcomm Atheros’ small cell solutions offer industry-leading integration and best-in-class features such as Qualcomm UltraSON™ to enable residential, enterprise and metro products that are cost-effective and easy to deploy.
PON – Qualcomm Atheros’ passive optical network solutions enable carriers to bring next-generation broadband access to homes and multi-dwelling units. Our end-to-end PON platform includes 1G and 10G EPON (Ethernet PON) and GPON (Gigabit PON) solutions that can be used to deliver high-speed fiber access from the central office to the home gateway.