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Lenovo Launches New 802.11g Router Using Atheros WLAN Technology
Wireless/Networking | Just Announced
Mon 25 Jul 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22 -- Atheros Communications has launched a high performance 802.11g router, the LSA 800R, based on Atheros' WLAN technology. Lenovo's Commercial Desktop PC Business Unit is bundling the router with its latest Yang Tian Series of desktop PCs. The Lenovo LSA-800R WLAN router features Atheros' AR5006AP-G chip, the world's first single-chip product designed specifically for wireless access points and routers, which was introduced in December 2004.

This new desktop bundle follows Atheros' January announcement that Lenovo's Personal Computer Business group implemented its WLAN chips in its 802.11g-based laptops. With the introduction of the new Atheros-based 802.11g router product from Lenovo Networks, Lenovo customers will now be able to benefit from industry-leading performance on the client and station sides of the wireless link.

The LSA-800R wireless router will be bundled with the company's Yang Tian Series of desktop PCs as a complete wireless networking solution for enterprises and consumers. Lenovo will market its combo wireless networking PC and router set in the retail channel in China.

"Everyone expects robust performance, seamless connectivity and secure access to their wireless networks right out of the box," said Craig Barratt, president and chief executive officer of Atheros Communications. "Atheros' wireless LAN chips provide a superior wireless user experience, from business users to consumers. By offering a broad product portfolio of high performance wireless desktops, laptops and routers with advanced security capabilities, Lenovo is making it easier for its customers to get all their wireless networking equipment in one easy step."

The Atheros AR5006AP-G is a highly integrated WLAN solution, combining the wireless network processor, media access controller (MAC), baseband and radio functions into a single silicon chip. The innovative single-chip solution lowers the cost of integrating wireless LAN technology, without compromising performance, in wireless access points, routers and other networking devices. The AR5006AP-G chip also features a built-in Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption engine, enabling real-time support for full 802.11i security.