Atheros SOC

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The AR531x/231x is a platform by Atheros, which is used for dual-band and single-band 108Mb/s routers and accesspoints. It is also refered as a WiSoC - Wireless System-on-a-Chip, and the radio inside often refered as RoC - Radio-on-a-Chip.

Atheros WiSoC generations/evolution

  • AR5001 generation (802.11a only)
  • AR5002 generation (first dual-band designs)
    • AR5002AP-G] (AR2312 CPU + AR2112 2.4GHz RoC)
    • AR5002AP-X (AR2312 CPU + AR5112 2.4/5GHz RoC)
    • AR5002AP-2X (AR5312 CPU + AR5112 2.4/5GHz RoC + AR2112 2.4GHz RoC)
  • AR5003 and AR5004 generation (Super-AG technology). The AR5003 got merged into the AR5004. The new WiSoCs are/were in production, but they were not announced.
    • AR2313
    • AR5213
    • AR2314
  • AR5005 generation (MIMO technology, onboard AES engine, serial flash)
  • AR5007 generation (radical decrease of BOM)


AR7100 is a family of the SoC: Wireless Network Processing Unit (WNPU) designed for home and enterprise WiFi access points, routers and gateways.

AR7100 includes:

  • 32bit MIPS 24K processor core, clocked at 300MHz (AR7130); 400MHz (AR7141); 680MHz (AR7161)
  • Two 10/100/1000 ethernet MACs
  • High speed UART and GPIOs
  • DDR and serial FLASH memory interface
  • 32 bit, 33/66 MHz PCI 2.3 host interface
  • Two integrated USB 2.0 MAC/PHYs
  • PCM interface for telephone SLIC support
  • I2S interface to directly support an external audio codec


  • Bufallo WER-AM54G54 (AR5002AP-2X)
  • D-Link DI-524, at least HW rev C1, but it only has 8MB RAM and 1MB ROM.
  • D-Link DWL-2210AP (AR2313)
  • D-Link DWL-2100AP (AR5002AP-G : core AR2312@180/240MHz, radio AR2112)
  • D-Link DWL-7100AP (AR5002AP-2X)
  • D-Link DWL-774 (AR5002AP-2X) (discontinued)
  • LevelOne WBR-3405TX : AR2313A and Marvell 88E6060 switch
  • Linksys WRT55AG v2 Product Link (AR5002AP-2X)
  • Meraki Mini (AR2315) - source available for Meraki's own Linux port
  • MicraDigital/Belkin F5D7230 (ver.1020ec) (AR2315A)
  • Netgear WGR614v3.
  • Netgear WGT624 Product link (AR5002AP-G) (v2 AR5001AP)
  • Netgear WG102 (AR2313)
  • Senao NL-5354 AP1 Aries2 (AR5002AP-2X)
  • Senao NL-3054 AP3 Aries2 (AR2313)
  • Siemens SE551 (AR2316)
  • Sweex LW050v2 : AR2317, Marvell 88E6060, 8MB RAM
  • Wistron CA8-4/CE8-1 aka Ovislink WLA-5000AP, LinkPro WLT-108AAP, Diswire CAP2/5 (AR5002AP-X)
  • Wistron CR8-2 aka LinkPro WLT-108AAR (AR5002AP-2X)
  • Smc WEBT-G aka Philips SNR6500 aka Siemens Wlan Repeater 108 (AR2316)
  • X-Micro XWL-11GRAG : AR5002AP-G (AR2312A+AR2112) and Marvell 88E6060

OEM dual APs, internally identical:

  • TrendNet TEW-510APB Atheros AR5312 SoC 220MHz
  • Tonze AW-6660
  • SparkLAN WX-7800A
  • XtendLan WDAP-1001

and many more.

Atheros chipsets based wireless 802.11a/b/g devices

There was a page about this SOC at openwrt wiki

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