The main purpose of the digital certificate is to ensure that the application belongs to the entity to which the certificate was issued. The Atheros Communications Inc. digital certificate does not guarantee that a signed application is safe to run, but rather informs the user that the software was digitally signed by Atheros Communications Inc. and verified by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA).
Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, particularly wireless chipsets. Founded under the name Atheros in 1998 by experts in signal processing from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and the private industry, the company went public in 2004. Atheros chipsets for the IEEE 802.11 standard of wireless networking are used by over 30 different wireless device manufacturers, including Netgear, D-Link and TRENDnet. Qualcomm Atheros offers a variety of wireless connectivity solutions, including WLAN, Power line communication, Ethernet, Hybrid Networking, Location Technology and Bluetooth. www.atheros.com
About (from Atheros Communications Inc. at www.atheros.com)
“Qualcomm Atheros is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and a leading provider of wireless and wired technologies for the mobile, networking, computing and consumer electronics markets. We’re focused on inventing technologies that connect and empower people in ways that are elegant and accessible to all.
Our broad connectivity portfolio allows us to offer our global customer base high-performance, end-to-end solutions, featuring Wi-Fi®, GPS, Bluetooth®, FM, Ethernet, HomePlug™ Powerline and PON technologies. By leveraging substantial expertise in RF, signal processing, software and networking we can deliver highly-integrated, low-power, system-level solutions that enable developers to create high-performance, differentiated products.
Qualcomm Atheros is a leading provider of 1-stream, 2-stream and 3-stream 802.11 solutions for a wide array of applications. Our high-performance, low-power XSPAN® and Align™ products are employed by the top ten PC OEMs, the top five retail networking vendors, nearly all enterprise networking manufacturers, and many of the leading makers of carrier gateways. Qualcomm Atheros also provides Bluetooth solutions for computers and tablets. By supporting the Bluetooth 4.0 + High Speed specification, our latest products not only provide high-speed personal area (PAN) connectivity, but can also operate with devices such as low-power sensors in wristwatches, home control systems and other devices that aren’t traditionally “connected.” Additionally, Qualcomm Atheros offers a family of combination solutions that provide best-in-class Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for tablets, notebooks and consumer electronics. These smart combinations enable customers to greatly expand the functionality of converged devices, while improving their size, cost, and battery life.”