Athena Teams with ViXS for Next Generation Wireless Video Products

1/6/2005 - Athena Semiconductors Inc., a leading developer of Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs) and ViXS Systems, the leading developer of video networking chipsets and software, announced the joint development and availability of next generation wireless chipset video solutions that combine to deliver high quality wireless video for the digital home entertainment market.

The joint development between Athena and ViXS has resulted in the ViXS WaveTVTM reference design, which is the only fully standards-compliant 802.11 solution optimized for video. The WaveTV reference design is built around Athena’s ATS5400 a/b/g RF chip and ViXS’ Matrix II baseband/networking chip. WaveTV provides Original Equipment and Design Manufacturers (OEMs and ODMs) the only low-cost market-ready solution that can provide guaranteed high quality wireless video distribution. The ViXS/Athena chipset-based products will support multimedia gateways, Personal Video Recorders (PVRs), DVD-Rs and wireless provisioning of flat panel televisions. A product demonstration will occur during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show in Las Vegas, January 6-9. The Matrix II 802.11 a/b/g chipset and WaveTV reference design is available now to select OEM and ODM partners. Mass production and general market availability will occur in 2Q2005. Pricing will vary by quantity.

Athena Semiconductors has pioneered a novel digital calibration technology to enhance the performance of CMOS-based RFICs. Athena’s patent-pending OptimRFTM technology enables the calibration and correction of key characteristics of the direct-conversion CMOS RF transceivers at a system level. OptimRF-based RF transceivers deliver high performance at a low cost due to an increase in the yield of functional RF chips.

ViXS Systems provides the only robust, cost-effective solution for transmitting broadcast-quality video through IP-based wireless networks with a guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS). ViXS’ Matrix processor is capable of transmitting video across two 802.11 channels simultaneously as well as performing max-ratio receive diversity for robust operation. Combining this with ViXS’ XCode video network processor, ViXS’ VQoSTM technology provides a full end-to-end wireless video solution. The ViXS’ VQoS technology enables extraordinary quality-of-service, guaranteeing broadcast-quality frame rates across “hostile” wireless networks. ViXS’ VQoS dynamically governs the bit rate of the video streams ensuring that the total video bit rate is less than, or equal to, the bandwidth constraints of the wireless network. ViXS VQoS is the only technology available offering reliable wireless distribution of single or multiple High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD) video streams throughout the home, displaying high-quality video anywhere, on any device, and from any source.

“We are glad to have worked with ViXS and are excited about the radio technologies we have created for next-generation consumer devices,” said Pratap Reddy, President and COO of Athena Semiconductors. “ViXS’ advanced wireless products have proven capable of fully utilizing the superior performance of Athena Semiconductors’ RF transceivers, resulting in a solid OEM and ODM solution to deliver multiple-antenna-based wireless video products for the home.”

“Our partnership with Athena has already proved itself to be very successful,” said Sally Daub, CEO of ViXS Systems.” The performance of our Matrix II IC and its cost-effectiveness has enabled rapid adoption with our customers. The chipset outperforms any other standard Wi-Fi solution for delivery of flawless video throughout the home.”

About Athena Semiconductors
Athena Semiconductors, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company delivering system-on-a-chip solutions for the global wireless broadband market. The company’s standards-based products enable the delivery of wireless broadband voice, video and data services with Quality-of-Service capabilities to ensure high reliability. Athena’s corporate headquarters are in Fremont, California and design centers are located in Athens, Greece and Bangalore, India. The company’s global team has strong CMOS RF, DSP, networking IC and software expertise to deliver its high performance products to the wireless Local-, Wide- and Personal-Area-Network (LAN, WAN and PAN) markets. In two rounds of funding, Athena has raised $20 million from leading venture capitalists and organizations including Alliance Venture Management, Needham Capital Partners and Samsung Electronics Company. More information about Athena Semiconductors can be found at

About ViXS Systems
ViXS Systems has developed a unique semiconductor chipset and software solution with unprecedented capabilities for distributing broadcast-quality video across local IP-based wired and wireless networks. These products provide manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers and set-top boxes with a proven technology that operates with standards-based local networks. ViXS components offer full support for HDTV, DVD, satellite or cable broadcasts and deliver uninterrupted, full Quality of Service video for consumer entertainment, personal computing applications, and multimedia gateways. Founded in January 2001, the company is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and has filed over 85 patents to date. For further information, please visit us at

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