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This page covers the following companies:

ZeroG WirelessG2 MicrosystemsRoving NetworksBridgeCoSMSCMicrelAtmelMicrochip

Microchip Technology Inc.[edit]

http://www.microchip.com/
  • Microchip has multiple lineages of Wi-Fi chipsets, inherited from
acquisitions of multiple companies having existing Wi-Fi products.

Timeline[edit]

  • 1998 - founded Microchip
  • 2010 - acquired SST (802.11abgn Power Amplifiers)
  • 2010 - acquired ZeroG Wireless (Wi-Fi 802.11 Chip)
  • 2012 - acquired Roving Networks (Wi-Fi Chipset Vendor)
  • 2012 - acquired SMSC (Wi-Fi SoC Media Processor)
  • 2016 - acquired Atmel and Micrel (PR)

Wi-Fi chips[edit]

Currently it appears to offer several Wi-Fi chipsets:

Microchip also offers a range of 802.11abgn+ac RF Power Amplifiers,
used in many wireless routers: Microchip Power Amplifiers.

Atmel[edit]

Micrel[edit]

See also: Micrel and Kendin

SMSC[edit]

  • 2011 - acquired BridgeCo
  • 2012 - acquired by Microchip

Wi-Fi chips[edit]

BridgeCo[edit]

bridgeco.com / bridgeco.net .
  • 2011 - Acquired by SMSC which was subsequently acquired by Microchip

Wi-Fi chips[edit]

  • DM870 (DM870A) - Media Processor (SoC) with 802.11bg MAC/BB jukeblox PBrief
  • BridgeCo Eagle - WLAN RFIC (appears to be a rebadged Thomson 6201C)

Roving Networks[edit]

http://www.rovingnetworks.com/

G2 Microsystems[edit]

g2microsystems.com (archived website)
  • 2004 - Founded by a group from Radiata (early Wi-Fi startup acquired by Cisco);
  • 2010 - acquired by Roving Networks [2] which was subsequently acquired by Microchip.

Wi-Fi chips[edit]

  • G2C501 (2006) 802.11b WiSoC + RTLS for tags/asset tracking
  • G2C543 (2009) 802.11bg WiSoC for IoT, interface: SPI, SDIO, UART
  • G2C547 (2008) 802.11bg WiSoC + RTLS/RFID; host interface: SPI, SDIO, UART

ZeroG Wireless[edit]

zerogwireless.com (archive.org)
  • 2006 - Founded
  • 2010 - acquired by Microchip

Wi-Fi chips[edit]

  • ZG2100 - "802.11b" (only 1 and 2Mbps, not the full standard)

References[edit]

  1. Microchip Technology acquires Roving Networks
  2. Roving Networks Acquires G2 Microsystems Wi-Fi Technology Company to Manufacture
    and Sell the G2547/G2543, Ultra-Low Power 802.11 b/g SOCs and Modules