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Topic: New HAL release for Atheros Hardware

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We would like to announce the release of a new HAL for Atheros WLAN devices. The new HAL is the result of a collaboration between, DD-WRT and MakSat Technologies (P) Ltd. It is the first result of a common effort, and the present collaborators would like to share the product of this work. We intend to provide reliable and continued support for other projects using this new HAL for Atheros WLAN devices.

The HAL provides a defined API to access and contol Atheros WLAN chipsets, and is an integral part for many drivers such as MadWifi. Comparing it with the HAL that's currently used by MadWifi, the most important changes are:

    * many known bugs have been fixed
    * improved noise immunity measures
    * added support for additional architectures, such as ARM11, MIPS64 and MIPS32r2
    * enhanced support for Atheros WiSOC (Wireless System on Chip)
    * added support for Atheros AR7100

Home of the new HAL will be the website of the project,
Future development will be coordinated here, and the bug tracking facility can be used to report bugs or file feature requests.
For commercial requests please contact

The following is a list of links to involved projects and/or already available vendor solutions using the new HAL for Atheros WLAN devices:

.     - embedded linux distribution and development environment

.     - professional and end user firmwares for common wireless routers and boards

MakSat Product Line - offers tough hardware and special software enhancements for all areas and very inexpensive small APs

Notice: This announcement can be copied as is, as long as the hyperlinks, emails and names are not changed

Any idea when we will see the new HAL incorporated in OPENWRT?

By the way, is this new HAL opensource - because that was one of the main motives to write ath5k, right?

gotta love the dd-wrt advertisement.

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