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Atheros reaches into electronics devices

Chipmaker announces new chipset and reference design for consumer devices and PCs.

Wireless networking chipmaker Atheros announced Tuesday a new chipset and reference design to be used in electronics devices, such as DVD players and wall-mounted televisions, as well as PCs. The chipset, AR5005VA, is compatible with 802.11a/b/g standards and the 802.11e specification, so devices using the chip will connect to conventional wireless home networks and will stream multimedia content. The chips will also feature smart antenna technology to improve data transmission and reception.

Atheros and NEC Electronics are combining the AR5005VA chip with NEC's MPEG2 encoder/decoder technology for a wireless module to be used in consumer electronics devices. The chip will be available in the fourth quarter, and Atheros expects devices using the chip to come out then as well.