Atheros unveils 802.11n router solution designed to handle bandwidth-intensive applications

Chipmaker Atheros introduced what it calls the world's first three-stream 802.11n router solution capable of supporting video-over-wireless and other bandwidth-intensive applications with a consistent signal.

Atheros said it has optimized its existing 3x3 wireless LAN solutions to develop the AR938x and the AR9390 router solutions that combine a 3x3 802.11n architecture with a set of range enhancements to boost throughput by 50 percent across an entire link. Atheros said its three-stream WLAN solutions have also been optimized for use with leading network processors to streamline the design of high-performance routers and access points that support enterprise security and management features, or multimedia and gaming applications in the home.

Instead of transmitting at the maximum speeds, Atheros said it throttles back the data rates to reduce packet loss and latency. Other standards-based algorithms are used to monitor the airwaves and transmit video over "clean" channels to minimize interference. As a result, Atheros-based products can maintain sufficient throughput to support three simultaneous HD video streams and exceed the requirements for service providers looking to deliver triple-play services, the company said.

Atheros said the solution is available for samples now, with plans for production to ramp up in the third quarter.

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