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Atheros

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  • 1998: Founded.
  • 2000: First chipset (AR5000 802.11a)
  • 2006: Acquired ZyDAS (802.11abg chips)
  • 2011: Acquired by Qualcomm

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Wireless chipsets[edit]

(a)bg[edit]

Chipset Chips used Interface PHY modes Super A/G Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Adapters ESystems pdf
AR5000 AR5210 (Crete) +
AR5110 (Fez)
PCI/CB a X2 mode CB13 2001-10-15 23 devices 14 devices here
AR5001A AR5211 (Oahu) +
AR5111 (Sombrero)
PCI/CB a X2 mode CB21 2002-08-20 2 devices 0 devices here
AR5001X AR5211 (Oahu) +
AR5111 (Sombrero) +
AR2111
PCI/CB ab X2 mode CB22AB [1] 2002-09-11 23 devices 1 devices here
AR5001G AR5212 (Venice) +
AR5111 (Sombrero) +
AR2111
PCI/CB bg yes CB22G [2] 2003-02-14 20 devices 11 devices
AR5001X AR5212 (Venice) +
AR5111 (Sombrero) +
AR2111
PCI/CB abg yes CB22AG [3],
MB22AG [4]
2002-10-01 25 devices 2 devices
AR5002G AR5212 (Venice) +
AR2112
PCI/CB bg yes CB31 2003-06-13 15 devices 3 devices here
AR5002X AR5212 (Venice) +
AR5112
PCI/CB abg yes CB32 2003-08-06 19 devices 1 devices here
AR5004G AR5213 (Hainan) +
AR2112
PCI/CB bg yes CB43, MB43 2003-10-03 28 devices 7 devices here
AR5004X AR5213 (Hainan) +
AR5112
PCI/CB abg yes CB42 2003-08-25 35 devices 11 devices
AR5005G AR2413
(Griffin Lite)
PCI/CB bg no CB51, MB51 2004-06-04 42 devices 22 devices here
AR5005GS AR2414
(Griffin)
PCI/CB bg yes CB52?, MB52 2004-05-18 64 devices 20 devices here
AR5005UG AR5523 (Predator?) +
AR2112
USB 2.0 bg yes UB51 2004-09-21 48 devices 1 devices here
AR5005UX AR5523 (Predator?) +
AR5112
USB 2.0 abg yes UB52 2004-10-29 25 devices 0 devices here
AR5513 (Data Falcon) +
AR2112 + AR2112
PCI/CB bg yes 2005-01-05 11 devices 4 devices
AR5005VL AR5513 (Data Falcon) +
AR5112 + AR5112
PCI/CB abg yes 2005-01-05 11 devices 4 devices here
AR5006EG AR2423
(Condor)
PCIe bg no XB61 2005-10-26 4 devices 0 devices here
AR5006EGS AR2424
(Condor)
PCIe bg yes 2006-02-21 1 devices 0 devices here
AR5006EX AR5423
(Condor)
PCIe abg no 0 devices 0 devices here
AR5006EXS AR5424
(Condor)
PCIe abg yes 2005-07-14 9 devices 0 devices here
AR5006G AR2415
(Talon)
PCI/CB bg unk. 2005-11-04 1 devices 0 devices
AR5006X AR5413
(Eagle Lite)
PCI/CB abg no 2005-06-10 14 devices 3 devices here
AR5006XS AR5414
(Eagle)
PCI/CB abg yes CB62, MB62 2005-03-08 72 devices 7 devices here
AR5007G AR2417
(Nala)
PCI/CB bg no CB55, MB55 2007-03-23 16 devices 4 devices here
AR5007EG AR2425
(Swan)
PCIe bg no HB63, XB63 2006-08-07 16 devices 0 devices here
AR5007UG AR2524 +

AR2124

USB 2.0 bg no (relabeled ZyDAS ZD1211B) 2006-11-27 3 devices 1 devices
AR5007UX AR5524 +

RFIC chip

USB 2.0 abg no (relabeled ZyDAS ZD1211B) 0 devices 0 devices
AR2427
(HT-less AR9285)
PCIe bg no 2008-12-12 2 devices 0 devices

(a)bgn[edit]

AR5400/AR9100 series[edit]

Chips used
(Family)
Chipset
Interface PHY modes MIMO config Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems pdf
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR2122
AR5008-2NG
PCI/CB bgn 2x2:2 2006-04-03 draft-n 3 devices 6 devices here
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR5122
AR5008-2NX
PCI/CB abgn 2x2:2 draft-n 0 devices 0 devices here
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR2133
AR5008-3NG
PCI/CB bgn 3x3:2 CB71, MB71 2006-04-03 draft-n 34 devices 18 devices here
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR5133
AR5008-3NX
PCI/CB abgn 3x3:2 CB72, MB72 2006-11-06 draft-n 5 devices 10 devices here
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR2122
AR5008E-2NG
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 2006-10-20 draft-n 2 devices 0 devices here
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR5122
AR5008E-2NX
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 draft-n 0 devices 0 devices here
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR2133
AR5008E-3NG
PCIe bgn 3x3:2 XB72 2006-12-19 draft-n 1 devices 0 devices here
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR5133
AR5008E-3NX
PCIe abgn 3x3:2 2006-06-22 draft-n 7 devices 0 devices here
AR9160 (Sowl)
+ AR9104
AR9001-2NX
PCI/CB abgn 2x2:2 2007-12-14 draft-n 0 devices 2 devices
AR9160 (Sowl)
+ AR9103
AR9001-3NG
PCI/CB bgn 3x3:2 MB81 2008-05-13 draft-n 1 devices 12 devices here
AR9160 (Sowl)
+ AR9106
AR9001-3NX
PCI/CB abgn 3x3:2 MB82 2008-03-02 draft-n 13 devices 15 devices here
AR9170 (Otus)
+ AR9101
AR9001U-NG
USB 2.0 bgn 1x2:2 2008-04-23 draft-n 7 devices 0 devices here
AR9170 (Otus)
+ AR9102
AR9001U-2NG
USB 2.0 bgn 2x2:2 UB81 2008-01-15 draft-n 14 devices 0 devices here
AR9170 (Otus)
+ AR9104
AR9001U-2NX
USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB82 2008-01-11 draft-n 18 devices 0 devices here

AR9200/AR9500 series[edit]

Chips used
(Family)
Chipset
Interface PHY modes MIMO config Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems pdf
AR9220
(Merlin)
PCI/CB abgn 2x2:2 2008-11-12 AR9280 w/ PCI IF 22 devices 29 devices
AR9223
(Merlin)
PCI/CB bgn 2x2:2 2008-11-12 AR9283 w/ PCI IF 20 devices 28 devices
AR9227
(Kiwi)
PCI/CB bgn 2x2:2 2009-10-22 AR9287 w/ PCI IF 9 devices 10 devices
AR9271 USB 2.0 bgn 1x2:1 UB91, UB93,
UB173
2009-07-27 8Bit Spectral Scan [5] 47 devices 1 devices here
AR9271
+ [BT] AR3011
AR9002U-1NGB
USB 2.0 bgn 1x2:1 UB193 0 devices here
AR9280
(Merlin)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 HB92, XB92 2008-03-17 rev1-draft-n; rev2-n
8bit Spectral Scan
AR928* requires external
LNA, PA, RF switch
19 devices 8 devices 1, 2
AR9281
(Merlin)
PCIe bgn 1x2:2 HB91/XB91 2008-02-24 draft-n 8 devices 0 devices here
AR9283
(Merlin)
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 HB93/XB93 2009-01-22 draft-n 6 devices 28 devices
AR9285
(Kite)
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 HB95/XB95 2008-12-12 8bit Spectral Scan 33 devices 34 devices here
AR9287
(Kiwi)
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 HB97/XB97 2009-08-14 8bit Spectral Scan 13 devices 24 devices here
AR9285 (Kite)
+ [BT] AR3011
AR9002WB-1NGCD
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 WB195 8bit Spectral Scan 9 devices here
AR9287 (Kiwi)
+ [BT] AR3011
AR9002WB-2NG
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 WB197 8bit Spectral Scan 1 devices here
AR7010
(Magpie?)
+ AR9280 (Merlin)
USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB94 2009-09-14 8bit Spectral Scan 12 devices 1 devices here
AR7010
(Magpie?)
+ AR9287 (Kiwi)
USB 2.0 bgn 2x2:2 UB95 2011-09-22 8bit Spectral Scan 4 devices 0 devices here
AR9374 USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB134 2011-11-30
.
5 devices 2 devices here
AR9380
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 HB112, XB112 2010-12-13 AR938* has internal
LNA, PA, RF switch
12 devices 13 devices here
AR9381
(Osprey)
PCIe bgn 3x3:3 2011-05-27 1 devices 13 devices here
AR9382
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 HB116 2010-09-23 11 devices 15 devices here
AR9390
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 XB114 2010-12-01 Support 4.9/5/10MHz;
8bit Spectral Scan
10 devices 9 devices here
AR9392
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 HB118 Support 4.9/5/10MHz;
8bit Spectral Scan
0 devices 0 devices here
AR9462
(Jupiter?)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 WB222 2012-02-03 int. BT 4.0, WoW,
8bit Spectral Scan
13 devices 0 devices here
AR9463
(Jupiter?)
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 WB221, WB222-SB 2012-02-22 int. BT 4.0 2 devices 0 devices
AR9485
(Poseidon)
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 HB125 2011-02-17 WoW 23 devices 0 devices
AR9485 (Poseidon)
+ [BT] AR3012
AR9004WB-1NG
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 WB225, CUS198 WoW 11 devices here
AR9580
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 2012-06-06 4 devices 16 devices
AR9582
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 2012-06-11 2 devices 6 devices
AR9590
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 2012-11-21 8 devices 1 devices
AR9592
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 2013-05-27 2 devices 0 devices

Mobile / SDIO[edit]

(a)bg[edit]

Chip Interface PHY modes Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems External
links
AR6001G SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg SP11 (SPI) 2008-07-31 . 6 devices pdf
AR6001GL SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg SD13 (SDIO) 2008-07-31 . 0 devices pdf
AR6001GZ SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 2008-07-31 0 devices pdf
AR6001X SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg 2008-07-31 0 devices pdf
AR6001XL SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg SD12
(SD card)
2008-07-31 . 6 devices pdf
AR6001XZ SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg 2008-08-21 0 devices pdf
AR6002 SDIO /
SPI / ...
abg SD20, SD23
(SD card)
2008-11-18 AR6002X-AC1E,
AR6002XZ (CSP AR6002)
5 devices PR
pdf
AR6101X SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg 2007-08-17 0 devices pdf
AR6101G SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 2007-08-17 0 devices pdf
AR6101VG SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 2007-08-17 1 devices pdf
AR6102 SDIO bg SD25, SD27
(SDIO)
2010-06-11 . 0 devices
AR6122 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bg 0 devices
AR6133 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bg 0 devices pdf

(a)bgn[edit]

Chip Interface PHY modes MIMO config Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems External
links
AR6003 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 1x1:1 2010-09-03 query for AR6003*
devices (G+X+unknown)
2 devices 0 devices pdf
AR6003G SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 SD31 (SDIO),
WB31 (SDIO)
2010-09-03 SD31 - 2.4GHz
(+17dBm MCS0, +12dBm MCS7)
WB31 - AR6003 + AR3001
0 devices 2 devices pdf
AR6003X SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 1x1:1 SD32 (SDIO),
WB31 (SDIO)
2010-09-03 SD32 - 2.4/5GHz (w/5GHz xPA)
WB31 - AR6003 + AR3001
2 devices 2 devices pdf
AR6004 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 2x2:2 2012-12-10 . 2 devices 0 devices PPage
pdf
AR6005 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 2013-07-02 . 0 devices 1 devices PPage
pdf
AR6103 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 2012-07-10 . 1 devices 1 devices pdf
AR6302 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 . 0 devices 0 devices pdf

IoT[edit]

Chip Interface PHY
modes
MIMO
config
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems External
links
AR4100 SPI bgn 1x1:1 System-In-Package (SIP);
not HT40; HT20 only (72MBps)
0 devices 0 devices PBrief Freescale
site

SoC[edit]

WiSoC[edit]

(a)bg[edit]

Chipset Chip Radio
chips
Arch. Clock
speed
PHY
modes
Super
A/G
Ref.
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems Ext.
links
AR5001
AP
AR5311 AR5111 MIPS R4000 a unk. AP21A
[6]
2002-06-27 2 devices here
AR5002
AP-G
AR2312 AR2112 MIPS R4000 bg unk. AP33 2003-11-21 18 devices here
AR5002
AP-X
AR2312 AR5112 MIPS R4000 abg unk. 2004-03-01 1 devices here
AR5002
AP-2X
AR5312 AR2112 /
AR5112
MIPS R4000 abg yes AP31 S,
AP32 D
2003-07-16 46 devices here
AR2313 AR2112 MIPS 4Kc 180 MHz bg yes AP43
[7]
2003-11-21
.
20 devices
AR2313 AR5112 MIPS 4Kc 180 MHz abg unk AP48
(??)
2004-03-01
.
10 devices
AR5006
AP-G
AR2315 n/a MIPS 4KEc 180 MHz bg no AP51
[8]
2005-05-19 29 devices here
AR5006
AP-GS
AR2316 n/a MIPS 4KEc 180 MHz bg yes AP55
(??)
2005-03-29 28 devices here
AR5007
AP-G
AR2317 n/a MIPS 4KEc 180 MHz bg no AP61
[9] [10]
2006-03-08 39 devices here
AR2318 n/a MIPS 4KEc 180 MHz bg yes AP65 2005-10-08
.
8 devices here

(a)bgn[edit]

Chip used
(Family)
Chipset
Radio
chips
Arch. Clock
speed
PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Ref.
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems Ext.
links
AR9130
(Howl)
AR9001AP-2NG
AR9102 MIPS 24K 400 MHz bgn 2x2:2 AP81 2007-10-22 USB 2.0 host, 2x FE MAC 13 devices here
AR9130
(Howl)
AR9001AP-2NX
AR9104 MIPS 24K 400 MHz abgn 2x2:2 USB 2.0 host, 2x FE MAC 0 devices here
AR9132
(Howl)
AR9001AP-3NG
AR9103 MIPS 24K 400 MHz bgn 3x3:2 2008-02-11 USB 2.0 host, 2x GbE MAC 16 devices here
AR9132
(Howl)
AR9104 MIPS 24K 400 MHz abgn 2x2:2 2009-02-24 USB 2.0 host, 2x GbE MAC 1 devices
AR9132
(Howl)
AR9001AP-3NX
AR9106 MIPS 24K 400 MHz abgn 3x3:2 2008-07-10 USB 2.0 host, 2x GbE MAC 5 devices here
AR9331
(Hornet)
n/a MIPS 24Kc 400 MHz bgn 1x2:1 AP121 2011-05-25 USB 2.0 host, integrated FE Switch 44 devices
AR9341
(Wasp)
n/a MIPS 74Kc 500 MHz bgn 2x2:2 AP123 2011-11-03 USB 2.0 host, integrated FE Switch 25 devices
AR9342
(Wasp)
n/a MIPS 74Kc 560 MHz abgn[11] 2x2:2 MI124 2011-10-25 PCIe host, USB 2.0 host, unk. specs 18 devices
AR9344
(Wasp)
n/a MIPS 74Kc 600 MHz abgn[12] 2x2:2 DB120 2011-10-31 PCIe, USB 2.0 host, unk. rest of specs 45 devices
AR9350 n/a abgn? 2x2:2 2012-11-21 PCIe host, unk. rest of specs 3 devices
.
AR1021X n/a abgn 2x2:2 2013-01-16
.
1 devices
AR1022 n/a bgn 2x2:2 2012-11-28 USB 2.0 host, PCIe IF 1 devices
.
AR1311
(Hornet)
n/a MIPS 24Kc 400 MHz bgn 1x2:1 2012-03-07 USB 2.0 host, integrated FE Switch, appears to be identical to the AR9331 4 devices
AR1321 n/a bgn 2x2:2 2013-02-20 appears to be identical to the AR9341 4 devices
.

General Purpose[edit]

SoC Arch. Clock
speed
Cores Ref.
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes ESystems Briefs
AR7130
(Hydra)
MIPS 24K 300 MHz 1 2007-05-29 PCI and USB 2.0 host IF 8 devices
AR7141
(Hydra)
MIPS 24K 400 MHz 1 2007-07-20 PCI and USB 2.0 host IF 1 devices
AR7161
(Hydra)
MIPS 24K 680 MHz 1 PB44,
AP94 (FE),
AP96 (GbE)
2008-06-20 PCI and USB 2.0 host IF, 2x GbE MAC 38 devices here
AR7240
(Python)
MIPS 24Kc 400 MHz 1 AP91 2009-04-29 PCI and USB 1.1 host IF, integrated FE Switch 56 devices here
AR7241
(Virian)
MIPS 24Kc 400 MHz 1 AP99 2010-05-05 PCIe and USB host IF, integrated FE Switch 14 devices
AR7242
(Virian)
MIPS 24Kc 400 MHz 1 AP113 2010-06-15 PCIe and USB host IF, integrated FE Switch 15 devices

PLC[edit]

Chip Companion
chip
Powerline
PHY std.
PHY rate
(Powerline)
PHY rate
(Coax)
Ethernet
Link Speed
First seen
(FCC)
ESystems External
links
INT6400 INT1400 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps - - 2010-06-09 14 devices PPage,
PDF PB
AR6405 AR1405 HomePlug AV 200 Mbps - 10/100 Mbps 4 devices Stripped down
INT6400
Comparison,
Datasheet
AR7400 AR1500 HomePlug AV +
Ath. HS mode,
IEEE 1901
500 Mbps 700 Mbps - 2011-12-29 15 devices PPage,
PDF PB
AR7420 AR1540 HomePlug AV +
Ath. HS mode,
IEEE 1901
500 Mbps - 10/100 Mbps 2012-08-09 12 devices PPage,
PDF PB

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