Atheros

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General information

Official website: http://www.atheros.com (long since defunct, here's
a snapshot from 2010-12, before the merger with Qualcomm)
For substantially more information, see:
Atheros on Wikipedia.

FCC grantee code

This company is assigned FCC grantee code:  • PPD (320 devices in DB).

Vendor IDs

This company is assigned USB vendor ID:  • 0cf3 (26 devices in DB).

This company is assigned PCI vendor ID:  • 168c (345 devices in DB).

Timeline

Atheros founded (1998)
Atheros first chipset (AR5000 802.11a) (2000)
Atheros acquires ZyDAS (802.11abg chips) (2006)
Atheros acquires Intellon (PLC; press release)
Atheros merges with Qualcomm (2011)
Qualcomm acquires Airgo Networks (802.11abgn chipset) (2006)
Qualcomm acquires Ubicom (SoCs) (2012)
Qualcomm acquires Wilocity (802.11ad chipset) (2014)
Qualcomm acquired CSR (2014)
Qualcomm acquired NUVIA (2021)
1997
2009
2021
Qualcomm Atheros timeline
for Wi-Fi chipsets after merger, see: Qualcomm Atheros

For additional information on..

Wireless chipsets

(a)bg

Chipset Chips used Interface PHY modes Super A/G Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Adapters ESystems PPage /
PBrief
AR5000 AR5210 (Crete)
+ AR5110 (Fez)
PCI/CB a X2 mode CB13 2001-10-15 23 devices 18 devices PBrief
AR5001A AR5211 (Oahu) +
AR5111 (Sombrero)
PCI/CB a X2 mode CB21 2002-08-20 2 devices 4 devices PBrief
AR5001X AR5211 (Oahu) +
AR5111 (Sombrero)
+ AR2111
PCI/CB ab X2 mode CB22AB
(inf)
2002-08-20 23 devices 1 devices PBrief
AR5001G AR5212 (Venice) +
AR5111 (Sombrero)
+ AR2111
PCI/CB bg yes CB22G
(inf)
2002-10-01 20 devices 15 devices
AR5001X AR5212 (Venice) +
AR5111 (Sombrero)
+ AR2111
PCI/CB abg yes CB22AG
MB22AG
(inf)
2002-10-01 25 devices 3 devices
AR5002G AR5212 (Venice)
+ AR2112
PCI/CB bg yes CB31 2003-06-13 13 devices 3 devices PBrief
AR5002X AR5212 (Venice)
+ AR5112
PCI/CB abg yes CB32 2003-05-30 20 devices 2 devices PBrief
AR5004G AR5213 (Hainan)
+ AR2112
PCI/CB bg yes CB43
MB43
2003-10-03 30 devices 9 devices PBrief
AR5004X AR5213 (Hainan)
+ AR5112
PCI/CB abg yes CB42 2003-08-25 37 devices 15 devices
AR5005G AR2413
(Griffin Lite)
PCI/CB bg no CB51
MB51
2004-06-30 42 devices 32 devices PBrief
AR5005GS AR2414
(Griffin)
PCI/CB bg yes CB52?
MB52
2004-05-18 65 devices 23 devices PBrief
AR5005UG AR5523 (Predator?)
+ AR2112
USB 2.0 bg yes UB51 2004-09-21 49 devices 1 devices PBrief
AR5005UX AR5523 (Predator?)
+ AR5112
USB 2.0 abg yes UB52 2004-10-29 25 devices PBrief
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 PBrief
AR5006EG AR2423
(Condor)
PCIe bg no XB61 2005-10-26 4 devices PBrief
AR5006EGS AR2424
(Condor)
PCIe bg yes 2006-02-21 1 devices PBrief
AR5006EX AR5423
(Condor)
PCIe abg no 0 devices PBrief
AR5006EXS AR5424
(Condor)
PCIe abg yes 2005-07-14 9 devices PBrief
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 PBrief
AR5006XS AR5414
(Eagle)
PCI/CB abg yes CB62
MB62
2005-03-08 75 devices 9 devices PBrief
AR5007G AR2417
(Nala)
PCI/CB bg no CB55
MB55
2007-03-23 16 devices 6 devices PBrief
AR5007EG AR2425
(Swan)
PCIe bg no HB63
XB63
2006-08-07 16 devices PBrief
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
AR2427
(HT-less AR9285)
PCIe bg no 2008-12-12 2 devices

(a)bgn

AR5400/AR9100 series

Chips used
(Family)
Chipset
Interface PHY modes MIMO config Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems PPage /
PBrief
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR2122
AR5008-2NG
PCI/CB bgn 2x2:2 2006-04-03 draft-n 3 devices 7 devices PBrief
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR5122
AR5008-2NX
PCI/CB abgn 2x2:2 draft-n 0 devices 0 devices PBrief
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR2133
AR5008-3NG
PCI/CB bgn 3x3:2 CB71
MB71
2006-04-03 draft-n 34 devices 19 devices PBrief
AR5416 (Owl)
+ AR5133
AR5008-3NX
PCI/CB abgn 3x3:2 CB72
MB72
2006-11-06 draft-n 7 devices 13 devices PBrief
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR2122
AR5008E-2NG
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 2006-10-20 draft-n 2 devices PBrief
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR5122
AR5008E-2NX
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 draft-n 0 devices PBrief
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR2133
AR5008E-3NG
PCIe bgn 3x3:2 XB72 2006-12-19 draft-n 1 devices PBrief
AR5418 (Owl)
+ AR5133
AR5008E-3NX
PCIe abgn 3x3:2 2006-06-22 draft-n 7 devices PBrief
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 2007-10-02 draft-n 3 devices 12 devices PBrief
AR9160 (Sowl)
+ AR9106
AR9001-3NX
PCI/CB abgn 3x3:2 MB82 2008-03-02 draft-n 16 devices 20 devices PBrief
AR9170 (Otus)
+ AR9101
AR9001U-NG
USB 2.0 bgn 1x2:2 2008-04-23 draft-n 8 devices PBrief
AR9170 (Otus)
+ AR9102
AR9001U-2NG
USB 2.0 bgn 2x2:2 UB81 2008-01-15 draft-n 15 devices PBrief
AR9170 (Otus)
+ AR9104
AR9001U-2NX
USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB82 2008-01-11 draft-n 19 devices PBrief

AR9200/AR9500 series

Chips used
(Family)
Chipset
Interface PHY modes MIMO config Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems PPage /
PBrief
AR9220
(Merlin)
PCI/CB abgn 2x2:2 2008-11-12 similar to AR9280
(w/ PCI IF)
24 devices 40 devices
AR9223
(Merlin)
PCI/CB bgn 2x2:2 2008-11-12 similar to AR9283
(w/ PCI IF)
20 devices 36 devices
AR9227
(Kiwi)
PCI/CB bgn 2x2:2 2009-05-11 similar to AR9287
(w/ PCI IF)
11 devices 20 devices
AR9271 USB 2.0 bgn 1x2:1 UB91, UB93,
UB173
2009-07-27 8Bit Spectral Scan
ath9k
51 devices 4 devices PBrief
AR9271
+ [BT] AR3011
AR9002U-1NGB
USB 2.0 bgn 1x2:1 UB193 0 devices PBrief
AR9280
(Merlin)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 HB92, XB92 2008-03-17 rev1-draft-n; rev2-n
8bit Spectral Scan
19 devices 14 devices PBrief
PBrief
AR9281
(Merlin)
PCIe bgn 1x2:2 HB91/XB91 2008-02-24 draft-n 8 devices 0 devices PBrief
AR9283
(Merlin)
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 HB93/XB93 2009-01-22 draft-n 6 devices 35 devices
AR9285
(Kite)
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 HB95/XB95 2008-12-12 8bit Spectral Scan 33 devices 35 devices PBrief
AR9287
(Kiwi)
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 HB97/XB97 2009-08-14 8bit Spectral Scan 15 devices 37 devices PBrief
AR9285 (Kite)
+ [BT] AR3011
AR9002WB-1NGCD
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 WB195 8bit Spectral Scan 1 devices PBrief
AR9287 (Kiwi)
+ [BT] AR3011
AR9002WB-2NG
PCIe bgn 2x2:2 WB197 8bit Spectral Scan 0 devices PBrief
AR7010
(Magpie?)
+ AR9280
(Merlin)
USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB94 2009-09-14 8bit Spectral Scan 13 devices 0 devices PBrief
AR7010
(Magpie?)
+ AR9287
(Kiwi)
USB 2.0 bgn 2x2:2 UB95 2011-09-22 8bit Spectral Scan 5 devices 0 devices PBrief
AR9374(X) USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 UB134 2011-11-30 similar to AR6004X
(w/ USB IF)
7 devices 2 devices PBrief
AR1021X USB 2.0 abgn 2x2:2 2013-01-16 similar to AR9374X
(AR6004X w/ USB IF)
1 devices 0 devices
AR9380
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 HB112,
XB112
2010-12-01 AR938* has internal
LNA, PA, RF switch
16 devices 24 devices PBrief
AR9381
(Osprey)
PCIe bgn 3x3:3 2011-05-27 3 devices 30 devices PBrief
AR9382
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 HB116 2010-09-23 12 devices 32 devices PBrief
AR9388
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 XB112 2010-12-23 AR9388-AL1A
Teardown
1 devices 0 devices Blog
AR9390
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 XB114 2010-12-01 Support 4.9/5/10MHz;
8bit Spectral Scan
8 devices 10 devices PBrief
AR9392
(Osprey)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 HB118 Support 4.9/5/10MHz;
8bit Spectral Scan
0 devices 0 devices PBrief
AR9462
(Jupiter?)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 WB222 2012-02-03 int. BT 4.0, WoW, WoBT,
8bit Spectral Scan,
LDPC, TxBF,
MLD, STBC
19 devices 0 devices PBrief
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 1x2:1 ??
arh talk
23 devices 0 devices
AR9485
(Poseidon)

+ [BT] AR3012
AR9004WB-1NG
PCIe bgn 1x1:1 WB225, CUS198 1 devices PBrief
AR9580
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 2012-03-04 6 devices 27 devices
AR9582
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 2012-06-11 6 devices 14 devices
AR9590
(Peacock))
PCIe abgn 3x3:3 2012-11-21 9 devices 9 devices
AR9592
(Peacock)
PCIe abgn 2x2:2 2013-05-27 5 devices 0 devices

Mobile / SDIO

(a)bg

Chip Interface PHY
modes
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems PPage /
PBrief
AR6001G SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg SP11 (SPI) 2008-07-31 . 0 devices 1 devices DS
AR6001GL SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg SD13 (SDIO) . 0 devices 0 devices DS
AR6001GZ SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 0 devices 0 devices DS
AR6001X SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg 0 devices 0 devices DS
AR6001XL SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg SD12
(SD card)
2008-08-21 . 6 devices 0 devices DS
AR6001XZ SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg 0 devices 0 devices DS
AR6002 SDIO /
SPI / ...
abg SD20, SD23
(SD card)
2008-11-18 AR6002X-AC1E,
AR6002XZ (CSP AR6002)
5 devices 2 devices PR
DS
AR6014 SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 2010-04-30 2 devices 1 devices
AR6101X SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
abg 0 devices 0 devices DS
AR6101G SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 0 devices 0 devices DS
AR6101VG SDIO 1.1 /
SPI / ...
bg 2007-08-17 1 devices 0 devices DS
AR6102G SDIO bg SD25, SD27
(SDIO)
2010-06-11 ROCm Atheros AR6102G-BM2D
802.11bg Wi-Fi module
0 devices 3 devices DS
AR6122 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bg 0 devices 0 devices
AR6133 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bg 0 devices 0 devices DS

(a)bgn

Chip Interface PHY
modes
MIMO
config
Reference
designs
First seen
(FCC)
Notes Adapters ESystems PPage /
PBrief
AR6003 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 1x1:1 2010-09-03 query for AR6003*
devices (G+X+unknown)
2 devices 0 devices DS
AR6003G SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 SD31 (SDIO),
WB31 (SDIO)
2012-01-19 SD31 - 2.4GHz
(+17dBm MCS0, +12dBm MCS7)
WB31 - AR6003 + AR3001
0 devices 2 devices DS
AR6003X SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 1x1:1 SD32 (SDIO),
WB31 (SDIO)
2011-04-25 SD32 - 2.4/5GHz (w/5GHz xPA)
WB31 - AR6003 + AR3001
2 devices 2 devices DS
AR6004 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 2x2:2 2012-12-10 Single Chip 2x2 802.11abgn
MIMO MAC/BB/Radio
5 devices 5 devices PPage
DS
AR6005 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 . 0 devices 0 devices PPage
DS
AR6103 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 2012-07-10 . 1 devices 1 devices DS


AR6203 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 1x1:1 2013-06-17 AR6203X-AM2D LGA-116
AR6203X-AM2D-R LBGA196
1 devices 1 devices
AR6233 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
abgn 1x1:1 2012-08-20 802.11abgn 1T1R
bluetooth
1 devices 1 devices
AR6302 SDIO 2.0 /
SPI / ...
bgn 1x1:1 . 0 devices 0 devices DS

IoT

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

SoC

Atheros/SoC

Ethernet PHY / Switch

PLC

See also

  • An older version of this page can be found here.