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November 05, 2009

Atheros Intros AR6133 Smart Combination Solution

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Atheros Communications, a provider of technologies for wireless and wired communications, has announced the AR6133 smart combination solution, a new member of the Atheros (News - Alert) Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) family.

The latest introduction features 11n-enabled mobile WLAN and Bluetooth 3.0 technology to enhance the wireless experience with mobile gaming devices, eBook readers, portable media players (PMPs), and smartbooks.
“With the new AR6133, our customers can easily design a complete turnkey mobile 11n and Bluetooth combination solution into next-generation mobile consumer products, enabling consumers to enjoy the benefits of portable, seamless connectivity,” said Amir Faintuch, vice president and general manager for mobile business unit at Atheros, in a release.
The solution builds on the strengths of the company’s mobile WLAN technology -- the ROCm single-chip 11n AR6003 family. It leverages AR6003 11n technology to deliver the “highest” actual end-user throughput, and also the “lowest” current consumption of any 11n mobile WLAN solution on the market today, said company officials.
Along with providing Bluetooth personal area networking functionality, the AR6133 also supports Atheros’ Direct Connect AP Mode technology, the company’s peer-to-peer Wi-Fi capability for mobile devices.
The AR6133 comes with up to 85 Mbps actual throughput capability, allowing users to share HD video content with up to eight other client devices, eliminating the need for an access point present. Plus, company officials said that the AR6133 can maintain an Internet connection while simultaneously connecting to other mobile devices.
With the help of 11n connection, users can download rich media content from the Internet and Atheros Direct Connect to enable sharing of this content with a variety of client devices. At the same time, a user can also connect to Bluetooth wireless audio headsets and speakers, mice or keyboards.
Company officials said that the addition of Bluetooth 3.0 + HS enhances the flexibility of the AR6133 by enabling seamless high-speed bulk synchronization with other BT (News - Alert) 3.0 + HS-enabled devices.
Like AR6003, the AR6133 also features an “impressive level” of integration including on-chip Efficient Power Amplifier (EPA) technology, integrated power management unit (PMU) for direct connectivity to the battery, sleep clock, and one-time programmable memory, said company officials.
Moreover, the solution also features direct connect to the antenna and on-chip self-calibration, and provides a unified interface which enables both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be supported across a high-speed, low-latency SDIO interface.
Company officials said the AR6133 and AR6103 solution options give designers “unprecedented” flexibility to address different application requirements with either a combo or standalone 11n solution, while maintaining the same PCB design.
Atheros’ AR6133 and AR6103 ROCm solutions are currently sampling.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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