Atheros Communications: 100 Million Satisfied Customers (PDF-423kb)
Atheros Communications: 100 Million Satisfied Customers
“Atheros has relied on Pillsbury since the company was founded, and they have proven time and again that they understand our business and our technology. We tell them where we want to go, and they help us get there.”
—Adam H. Tachner, Vice President and General Counsel, Atheros Communications
Fabless semiconductor company Atheros envisions a future where wireless networks are ubiquitous, easy to use and accessible to everyone. And at the rate they’re innovating, that future is not too far off. The company released its first WLAN chipset in 2001, and sold its 200 millionth chipset just seven years later—a true story of David competing and winning against industry Goliaths. Atheros executives and engineers work in tandem to achieve the often elusive combination of technology and cost leadership, and the results speak for themselves: their chips are in PCs from HP and Acer, networking products from Linksys and D-Link, and consumer devices from Sony and Samsung. In fact, it’s difficult to find a company in any of these markets not using Atheros solutions.
Dr. Teresa Meng founded Atheros in 1998 with colleagues from Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley and private industry. The company’s relationship with Pillsbury literally goes back to the beginning: Dr. Meng formed the company while working out of a Pillsbury conference room. Since then, we’ve advised Atheros regularly and at each of its major milestones. We represented the company in its Series A, B, and C financings, and advised them on patent and trademark filings in the U.S. and abroad. We worked with the company on its $126 million IPO, and counseled them on the strategic Attansic Technology and u-Nav Microelectronics acquisitions. In between, we have handled matters involving executive compensation, general corporate, SEC compliance, employment and labor, and tax. From raw startup to market-leading multinational, Atheros is a tremendous success story.