Atheros has rolled out the new Atheros AR3011, the company’s first Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) product for shorter-range wireless technology, which is normally used in cell phones. But the chip, according to Srinivas Pattamatta, senior product marketing manager for mobile and embedded products at Atheros, is intended primarily for PCs and not mobile handsets. Pattamatta said the 6x6mm square package houses 60 percent fewer components than similar products. This in turn results in cost savings amounting to 20 percent.
The AR3011 complies with Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) specification, which the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) under the code name of Lisbon is currently finalizing. The company intends to offer the product along with Wi-Fi chips supporting draft-802.11n, 802.11a/g or 11g by itself.