We are a global leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired communications products that are used by a broad base of customers, including manufacturers of personal computers, or PCs, networking equipment for digital home, small office/home office, or SOHO, enterprise and carrier deployments, and consumer electronics for home and mobile applications. With our wireless and wired systems and software expertise, and our high-performance radio frequency, or RF, mixed signal and digital semiconductor design skills, we provide highly integrated chipsets that are manufactured on low-cost, standard complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, or CMOS, processes. Our ability to design communications solutions using standard CMOS processes provides us with increased manufacturing flexibility and, we believe, a competitive advantage. Our product portfolio includes solutions for Wireless Local Area Network, or WLAN, Mobile WLAN, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Global Positioning System, or GPS, and Powerline Communications, or PLC.
We were founded in 1998 with a focus on using advanced digital signal processing techniques to compensate for design limitations of CMOS, a cost-effective semiconductor technique not previously used for radio technologies. The result was our entry into the WLAN market, with cost-effective solutions that helped make the technology broadly accessible to businesses and consumers. While we initially focused on WLAN technology, we have expanded our portfolio to offer other related connectivity technologies through internal development efforts and four acquisitions, including: ZyDAS Technology Corporation, or ZyDAS, a Taiwan-based developer of integrated circuits and software for universal serial bus, or USB, solutions for WLAN, which we acquired in August 2006; Attansic Technology Corporation, or Attansic, a Taiwan-headquartered, provider of Fast and Gigabit Ethernet solutions to the personal computing and networking markets, substantially all of which we acquired in December 2006 and the remainder in November 2007; u-Nav Microelectronics Corporation, or u-Nav, a privately held fabless semiconductor company specializing in GPS solutions and software that enable mobile location-based products and services, substantially all of which we acquired in December 2007; and Intellon Corporation, a public United States, or U.S., fabless semiconductor company, specializing in PLC solutions, which we acquired in December 2009.
The results of operations from these acquisitions have been included in our consolidated statements of operations since their respective acquisition dates.
We were incorporated as T-Span Systems Corporation in Delaware in May 1998. In May 2000, we changed our corporate name to Atheros Communications, Inc. Our website address is http://www.atheros.com. The information contained in our website does not form any part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. However, we make available free of charge through our website our annual reports on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, our current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file this material with, or furnish it to, the Securities Exchange Commission.
Our ability to design complex digital and analog connectivity solutions in standard digital CMOS enables us to cost-effectively address a variety of high volume markets with our semiconductor products. We currently market our solutions to manufacturers of networking equipment, PCs and consumer electronics devices for use in both wireless and wired connected products. Having established a leadership position in the WLAN market, we continue to expand the breadth and strength of our technology portfolio to address the multiple connectivity requirements of our customers and to deliver increasingly more complex connectivity platform solutions.
The Connectivity Markets
The worldwide demand for PCs, networking devices and consumer electronics products has grown steadily over the past decade as these products have become more user friendly, added increased functionality and declined in price. Ongoing feature enhancements have resulted in their accelerated adoption across multiple demographics and geographies. In particular, notebooks, netbooks, routers, access points, cellular handsets and consumer electronics such as gaming devices, digital cameras, camcorders, personal media players, or PMPs, and personal navigation devices, or PNDs, are now being used by consumers on a daily basis. With the increase in digital content and the growing demand for access to email, media, location-based services, e-commerce, entertainment content and home monitoring and control, access to the Internet and other information sources has become an important feature for these devices. Broadband access, once confined to the workplace, is now widely accessible at home and through mobile devices, enabling consumers to create their own personal networks with wired and wireless equipment. As connection speeds and quality have improved, consumers are increasingly accessing rich multimedia content such as audio files, Internet Protocol Television, or IPTV, and videos on their PCs, handsets and other consumer electronics devices through multimedia routers, gateways and set-top boxes. With a growing number of applications and an increasing amount of content residing on more devices, the demand for connectivity is expanding beyond the Internet to device-to-device connections used within and outside of the home and workplace.
The devices and networking equipment enabling these growing trends in the home, enterprise and mobile environments require semiconductor integrated circuits, or ICs, that provide increasing levels of performance, ease-of-use, and affordability to provide wired or wireless connectivity. As the consumer demands greater ease-of-use in more compact devices, the ICs that enable connectivity have become increasingly complex, requiring the highest levels of engineering design skill.