Atheros Communications has begun shipping in large quantities its. Gear maker D-Link will be the among the first to design products that use the component. The chip, AR5005G, was first announced in January of this year.
Atheros combined onto one component what usually takes three parts to make up a wireless networking chip, thereby lowering the cost, shrinking the size and theoretically reducing the power consumption of the part. The part supports the pre-draft version of the 802.11i specification as well as the 802.11e quality of service specification.