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Atheros Chipsets

This page was created to address the lack of easily obtainable information about Atheros chipsets. It may not be entirely correct, but was taken from information on Atheros' site. NOTE: this is not a list of supported chipsets, it's just an effort to collect all related information in one place.

MAC Chips

5210 (Crete)

5211 (Oahu)

5212 (Venice)

  • 5212 -- part of the AR5001X and AR5002 chipsets.
    • Support for a/b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME) EDCF with 12 (?) Priority Queues
    • Supports SuperAG™
    • Comes with RF5111/RF5112 for a/b/g operation and RF2112 for b/g operation

5213 (Hainan)

  • 5213 -- part of the AR5004 chipset.
    • Support for a/b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports SuperAG™
    • Supports Atheros XR™
    • Comes with RF5111/RF5112 for a/b/g operation and RF2112 for b/g operation

5214

  • 5214 -- probably part of the AR5005 chipset, but I can't find any reference to it.
    • Although not explicitly mentioned in the sources, this chipset is supported by the code from trunk. No support for this chipset in madwifi-old.

2413 (Griffin Lite)

  • 2413 -- part of the 5th Generation AR5005G
    • Support for b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES(OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports Atheros XR™

2414 (Griffin)

  • 2414 -- part of the 5th Generation AR5005GS
    • Support for b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES(OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports SuperG™
    • Supports Atheros XR™

5413 (Eagle lite)

  • 5413 -- part of the 6th Generation AR5006X chipsets
    • Support for a/b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports Atheros XR™

5414 (Eagle)

  • 5414 -- part of the 6th Generation AR5006XS chipsets
    • Support for a/b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports SuperAG™
    • Supports Atheros XR™

5424 (Condor)

  • 5424 -- part of the 6th Generation AR5006EXS
    • PCI-Express
    • Support for a/b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME) EDCF with 12 (HAL says 10) Priority Queues
    • Supports SuperAG™
    • Supports Atheros XR™

2424

  • 2424 -- part of the 6th Generation AR5006EGS
    • PCI-Express
    • Support for b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES(OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports SuperG™
    • Supports Atheros XR™

2425 (Swan)

  • 2425 --part of the 7th Generation AR5007EG
    • PCI-Express
    • Support for b/g modes
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES(OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)

2417 (Nala)

  • Support for b/g modes
  • Support for sleep modes
  • Support AES(OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
  • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
  • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)

5416

  • 5416 -- part of the 8th Generation (MIMO - XSPAN™)AR5008
    • Intelligent MIMO spatial multiplexing techniques
    • Backwards compatibility with legacy 802.11 (a/b/g)
    • Enables bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps PHY rate
    • Support for up to 3x3 MIMO with spatial multiplexing
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, j and n standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Comes with 2x RF2122 or 3x RF2133 for 2Ghz (b/g modes) and 2x RF5122 or 3x RF5133 for 5Ghz (a mode)

5418

  • 5418 -- part of the 8th Generation (MIMO - XSPAN™)AR5008E
    • PCI-Express
    • Intelligent MIMO spatial multiplexing techniques
    • Backwards compatibility with legacy 802.11 (a/b/g)
    • Enables bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps PHY rate
    • Support for up to 3x3 MIMO with spatial multiplexing
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, j and n standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Comes with 2x RF2122 or 3x RF2133 for 2Ghz (b/g modes) and 2x RF5122 or 3x RF5133 for 5Ghz (a mode)

5513

  • 5513 -- part of the 5th GenerationAR5005 chipsets
    • Multi-Radio Smart Antenna Video Processor for video over 802.11
    • Interoperable with all 802.11a, 11b, 11g wireless networks.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Comes with 2X (MIMO) RF5112
    • Supports SuperAG™
    • Integrated video/audio controller support with direct interfaces, host capability, MPEG and DMA acceleration to popular HDTV, SDTV, DVR, STB chipsets

5523

  • 5523 -- Used in USB dongles, part of the 5th Generation AR5005UX
    • USB
    • Integrated MIPS processor
    • Support for a/b/g modes
    • Support for DFS/TPC
    • Support for sleep modes
    • Support AES (OCB and CCM), TKIP and WEP hardware encryption.
    • Support for draft IEEE 802.11e, h, and j standards
    • Support for Priority based QoS (WME)
    • Supports SuperAG™
    • Supports Atheros XR™
    • Comes with RF5112 for a/b/g operation and RF2112 for b/g operation
    • Supports Wake on Wireless and Wake on Theft

RF Chips

RF5110 (Fez)

  • RF5110

RF5111 (Sombrero)

  • RF5111
    • Operates on 5GHz Band
    • Dynamic IF Dual Conversion architecture provides super-heterodyne performance at Zero IF prices
    • Integrated second-generation power amplifier (PA) +16dbm and low-noise amplifier (LNA) with 5db Noise Floor
    • Eliminates many RF and IF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed
    • Ultra wide tuning range 4.9 - 6GHz

RF2111

  • RF2111
    • Operates on 2GHz Band
    • Connects to RF5111 as a frequency converter (g has the same modulation as a)
    • Adds support for b operation (CCK)

RF5112 (Derby)

  • RF5112
    • All CMOS dual band radio chip
    • Dynamic IF Dual Conversion architecture provides super-heterodyne performance at Zero IF prices
    • Integrated second-generation power amplifier (PA) and low-noise amplifier (LNA)
    • Eliminates many RF and IF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed
    • Ultra wide tuning range 2.300-2.500 GHz and 4.900-5.850 GHz
    • Increased sensitivity and multipath tolerance

RF2112

  • RF2112
    • Operates from 2.300 - 2.500 GHz
    • Advanced wideband receiver with best path sequencer for better range and multipath resistance than conventional equalizer-based designs
    • Integrated second-generation power amplifier (PA) and low-noise amplifier (LNA)
    • Eliminates many RF and IF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed

RF2122

  • RF2122 (MIMO)
    • Two integrated single-band 2.4 GHz radios
    • Eliminates all IF filters and most RF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed
    • Support for 20 and 40 MHz channels

RF2133

  • RF2133 (MIMO)
    • Three integrated single-band 2.4 GHz radios
    • Eliminates all IF filters and most RF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed
    • Support for 20 and 40 MHz channels

RF5122

  • RF5122 (MIMO)
    • Two integrated dual-band 2.4/5 GHz radios
    • Eliminates all IF filters and most RF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed
    • Support for 5, 10, 20 and 40 MHz channels. Rx filter supports blocking specifications for half and quarter rate channels.

RF5133

  • RF5133 (MIMO)
    • Three integrated single-band 2.4/5 GHz radios
    • Eliminates all IF filters and most RF filters; no external voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) or surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters needed
    • Support for 5, 10, 20 and 40 MHz channels. Rx filter supports blocking specifications for half and quarter rate channels.

A list of Atheros' partners along with their products and chipsets can be found on the Atheros web site. The list seems to be missing some of the very latest products but serves as a handy reference for comparing products between manufacturers.