PARIS and SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2011 – Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced a joint embedded video-over-Wi-Fi® solution and an integrated board using Qualcomm Atheros’ new three-stream 802.11n chip, the AR9580. Qualcomm Atheros’ Wi-Fi solutions are now fully integrated with Mindspeed®’s Comcerto® 1000 broadband packet processors, providing a seamless development experience for original equipment and design manufacturers (OEMs and ODMs). By choosing the joint reference design, OEMs and ODMs can reduce their engineering investment and speed time-to-market, as well as ensure greater throughput at range due to the up-front integration work of Mindspeed and Qualcomm Atheros.
The embedded solution is a significant step forward in processing voice- and video-over-IP media streams in next-generation media gateways and systems performing the media resource function processing (MRFP) for IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) networks. Key applications include video and voice content conversion in support of telephony, multimedia messaging services (MMS) and video ad insertion.
The solution also is ideal for applications such as high-end fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Ethernet uplink gateways supporting 1 Gbps data rates and carrier-grade voice and video services. These gateways are important to carriers that deliver broadband access to residential customers via FTTH as they provide carriers peace of mind knowing that potential issues have been solved upfront and consumers with optimized video distribution experiences in the home.
“This new comprehensive video-over-Wi-Fi solution strengthens and expands our industry-leading portfolio of wireless connectivity technologies for consumer devices,” said Patrick Ribardiere, director of product management, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. “The AR9580 will allow users to enjoy new generations of rich media applications in the home and at work. By more closely integrating Qualcomm Atheros’ proven Wi-Fi technologies, Qualcomm Atheros and Mindspeed are creating an even more valuable offering for carriers, OEMs and ODMs.”
Mindspeed’s media processor system-on-chip (SoC) solutions integrate two ARM11(TM) processors, acceleration engines and a comprehensive set of popular interfaces. Companion software includes a wide range of codecs supporting carrier-class voice-over-IP.
“Mindspeed is pleased to collaborate with Qualcomm Atheros and is excited to have played a key role in bringing this embedded solution to market,” said Marco E. Bello, executive director of customer premises equipment (CPE) marketing and product management at Mindspeed. “The combination of our world class Comcerto 1000 SoC and field-proven software, coupled with Qualcomm Atheros’ video-over-Wi-Fi solution, offers best-in-class quality of experience and performance for processing real-time data flows such as voice- and video-over-IP media streams. This collaboration is a great example of how developers can leverage our packet processors to create an optimal experience for multimedia distribution in the home.”
The joint reference design for embedded video-over-Wi-Fi solutions is available now. Qualcomm Atheros and Mindspeed will be demonstrating high definition (HD) video distribution using Mindspeed’s Comcerto 1000 packet processor and Qualcomm Atheros’ AR9580 video-over-Wi-Fi solution at the Broadband World Forum in Meeting Room MR5, September 27-29, 2011 in Paris, France.
About Mindspeed Technologies
Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The company’s low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The company’s high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed’s products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.
About Qualcomm Atheros Inc.
Qualcomm Atheros Inc., the networking and connectivity subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a leading provider of wireless and wired technologies for the mobile, networking, computing and consumer electronics markets. The organization is focused on inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all. With its broad connectivity portfolio, Qualcomm Atheros provides its global customer base with high-performance, end-to-end solutions featuring Wi-Fi®, GPS, Bluetooth®, Ethernet, HomePlug® powerline and PON technologies. Qualcomm Atheros leverages its substantial expertise in RF, signal processing, software and networking to deliver highly integrated, low-power, system-level solutions that enable customers to create high-performance, differentiated products. For more information, go to www.qca.qualcomm.com.