ADMtek is a taiwanese company that shook up the pricing of 802.11b silicon in the fall of 2002 with the introduction of its ADM8211 MAC/BBP.
Most all the low-end cards were using AdmTek for a good while, though RealTek now is certainly a direct competitor. Both these chipsets have semi-supported binary drivers floating around the internet for the Linux kernel.
Update 5/13/2003 Recently a source driver (with "ADM_Prv.o" -- presumably a binary core) has appeared on the AdmTek site. This is good news. If you have tested this, please add comments below. -- JerrittCollord
Update 7/8/2003 -- JerrittCollord " From: David Young <dyoungNOSPAMpobox.com> Subject: Re: ADM8211 802.11 chipset Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2003 18:54:30 -0500 User-Agent: Mutt/1.4.1i
This is my announcement of my release of a *beta* NetBSD driver for 802.11b NICs based on the ADMtek ADM8211. I have committed it to the NetBSD source repository. The driver is called 'atw'. It works with both Cardbus and PCI cards. "