Ralink Technology, Corp. is a Wi-Fi chipset manufacturer which claims to hold 12% of the World Wide WLAN chipset market. Now headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Ralink was founded in 2001 in Cupertino, CA.
They are one of the few Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers that provide documentation without a non-disclosure agreement, and the unrestricted right to redistribute and use the firmwares for their client side products. Because of this their devices are well supported by open source drivers, making them a favourable choice for Linux and BSD users. Newer products such as the RT2501 and RT2600 have improved greatly over the previous RT2400 and RT2500 chipsets.
Ralink chipsets are used in various consumer-grade routers made by Linksys, D-Link and Belkin, as well as Wi-Fi adaptors for USB, PCI, Express Card, Cardbus and PCI express interfaces. An example of an adapter is the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector which uses the Ralink's RT2500USB chipset to allow Nintendo DSs and Wiis to connect to the Internet via a home computer.
Ralink supports most current operating systems including 64-bit Windows OS and Mac OS X while Linux/BSD drivers for the older RT2500 chipsets are no longer updated by Ralink these are now being maintained by Serialmonkey's rt2x00 project.