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. The current President is Craig H. Barratt.
On January 5, 2011, it was announced that Qualcomm had agreed to a takeover of the company for an enterprise valuation of US$3.1 billion. When the acquisition was completed on May 24, 2011, Atheros became a subsidiary of Qualcomm operating under the name Qualcomm Atheros.
Atheros chipsets for the IEEE 802.11 standard of wireless networking are used by over 30 different wireless device manufacturers, including Netgear, D-Link and TRENDnet.
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... In the free software community, Atheros had been known for not releasing the appropriate documentation that would allow free software developers to write open-source ... As a result, OSS support for Atheros hardware was rather limited ... the HAL-module of the ath driver found on FreeBSD and provided a completely free driver for Atheros devices ...