Santa Clara, CA, United States

Atheros Communications

www.atheros.com/
Santa Clara, CA, United States

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, particularly wireless chipsets. Founded under the name Atheros in 1998 by experts in signal processing from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and the private industry, the company went public in 2004.On January 5, 2011, it was announced that Qualcomm had agreed to a takeover of the company for a valuation of US$3.7 billion. When the acquisition was completed on May 24, 2011, Atheros became a subsidiary of Qualcomm operating under the name Qualcomm Atheros.Qualcomm Atheros chipsets for the IEEE 802.11 standard of wireless networking are used by over 30 different wireless device manufacturers.Wilocity, a fabless semiconductor company found by ex-Intel employees in 2007, was purchased by Qualcomm in July 2014, and absorbed into Qualcomm Atheros. Qualcomm Atheros thus gaining know-how for IEEE 802.11ad . Wikipedia.


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Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-03-10

The position of wireless repeaters within a wireless communication network can affect the throughput and performance of the wireless communication network. A wireless repeater and/or an access point associated with the wireless communication network can be configured to determine the optimal position of the wireless repeater based on throughput achieved on communication links between the access point, the repeater, and/or the client stations. The throughput achieved on communication links between the access point, the repeater, and/or the client stations can be determined by exchanging training packets, receiving acknowledgement messages in response to the training packets, and subsequently analyzing the received acknowledgement messages. Furthermore, the throughput achieved on communication links between the access point, the repeater, and/or the client stations can also be analyzed to determine whether each of the client stations should associate with the access point or the wireless repeater.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-01-06

This disclosure is directed to devices and methods for providing a time synchronized WLAN system. Stationary APs in a WLAN system can determine accurate timing information from a GNSS satellite, so as to synchronize with each other. The synchronized APs can then be used to determine position information for devices on the network using pseudo-ranging techniques.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-01-07

Arbitrary phase variations of a shared frequency synthesizer can be calibrated using a reference harmonic each time the shared frequency synthesizer is allocated to a network device to enable one frequency synthesizer to be shared between multiple network devices. On determining that the shared frequency synthesizer has been allocated to the network device, an output frequency of the shared frequency synthesizer can be aligned with a predetermined reference frequency that is associated with an operating frequency band of the network device. A phase correction factor associated with the shared frequency synthesizer can be calculated from a signal calculated based, at least in part, on the output frequency of the shared frequency synthesizer and the predetermined reference frequency. The phase correction factor is applied to a signal received at the network device to correct a phase error associated with the shared frequency synthesizer.


The transmission range of a network communication device can be extended by enabling transition between legacy and non-legacy communication protocols. A communication device can receive a packet in a legacy packet format from a host device via a legacy network interface. In response to determining that the packet received via the legacy network interface is to be transmitted using one of a plurality of non-legacy communication protocols, a processing path within the communication device in accordance with which to process the packet for transmission using the non-legacy communication protocol is determined. The packet in the legacy packet format is reformatted to yield a target packet in a non-legacy packet format based, at least in part, on the non-legacy communication protocol. The target packet is provided to the destination network device in accordance with the non-legacy communication protocol.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-05-26

A Bluetooth paging procedure can implement a mechanism for predicting a Bluetooth paging channel in a paging channel hopping sequence. One or more Bluetooth paging channels, on which one or more page requests intended for a Bluetooth device were received, are determined from a plurality of Bluetooth communication channels. One of a plurality of paging channel hopping sequences associated with the Bluetooth device that comprises each of the one or more determined Bluetooth paging channels is identified. A time delay associated with determining a target Bluetooth paging channel from the plurality of Bluetooth communication channels on which to transmit a page response is determined. The target Bluetooth paging channel is determined based, at least in part, on the identified one of the plurality of the paging channel hopping sequences and the time delay.


A Bluetooth detection unit can be implemented to minimize the time required for executing the inquiry and paging scan procedures on a Bluetooth device associated with a collocated WLAN device. The Bluetooth detection unit can execute concurrent background spectral scanning to detect Bluetooth control packets while the WLAN device is receiving WLAN packets. The Bluetooth detection unit can analyze, for each Bluetooth control channel, the Bluetooth device can determine energy measurements associated with each Bluetooth control channel and can determine whether each Bluetooth control channel comprises a narrowband signal based, at least in part, on frequency domain samples associated with an RF signal received at the WLAN device. The Bluetooth detection unit can determine which of the Bluetooth control channels comprise a Bluetooth control packet.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-01-18

A powerline network may comprise powerline communication (PLC) devices of a first class of PLC devices that are incompatible with PLC devices of a second class of PLC devices. This can result in interference between communications of the first and the second classes of PLC devices. A dual mode PLC device that is compatible with the first and the second classes of PLC devices can be implemented for coexistence with both classes of PLC devices. The dual mode PLC device can determine whether the powerline network comprises a combination of PLC devices of the first and the second classes of PLC devices. One of a plurality of packet headers that is compatible with both the classes of PLC devices can be selected for transmission in response to determining that the powerline network comprises a combination of PLC devices of the first and the second classes of PLC devices.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-01-18

A powerline communication (PLC) network can be subject to noise/interference resulting in loss of throughput and data corruption for PLC devices connected to the PLC network. A powerline interference analyzer can be implemented in the PLC network for detecting sources of the noise. The powerline interference analyzer can determine powerline network noise characteristics that are representative of noise on the PLC network and can analyze the powerline network noise characteristics to determine one or more noise patterns. The noise patterns can be compared with a plurality of predefined noise signatures that are representative of corresponding each of a plurality of noise sources. Consequently, at least one noise source that is associated with the noise patterns can be identified from the plurality of the noise sources.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-04-20

A forwarding device can establish a communication link with both a source device and a destination device to extend the communication range of the source device by forwarding data from the source device to the destination device. A coordinating device can be configured to identify a forwarding client through which to communicate with a client station that is inaccessible to the coordinating device via a direct communication link, based on the throughput achieved on communication links between the coordinating device, the inaccessible client, and accessible clients. The throughput achieved on the communication links can be determined by exchanging training packets, receiving acknowledgement messages in response to the training packets, and subsequently analyzing the received acknowledgement messages. Based on the calculated throughputs, one of the accessible clients can be designated as the forwarding client with respect to the coordinating device and the inaccessible client.


Patent
Atheros Communications | Date: 2011-03-14

A profile-based quality of service (QoS) priority assignment mechanism can be implemented in a wireless communication network. In one embodiment, a plurality of network identifiers (e.g., SSIDs) associated with a plurality of client network devices that are communicatively coupled with an access point of the wireless communication network are determined. It is further determined which QoS profile of a plurality of QoS profiles supported by the access point is associated with each network identifier associated with each of the plurality of client network devices. A plurality of pending communications associated with the plurality of network devices are detected. A QoS transmission priority level is assigned to each of the pending communications associated with the plurality of network devices based, at least in part, on the QoS profile associated with each pending communication. A transmission of data associated with one of the plurality of pending communications is initiated based, at least in part, on the QoS transmission priority level assigned to each pending communication.

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