Chip maker Atheros has announced a technology to turn a mobile phone into an access point.

The phone will look just like any Wi-Fi access point or hot spot when connecting. Wi-Fi will be used between the PC and the phone, while the phone will connect to the Internet using its mobile broadband connection, meaning, for example, HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access).

Up to four users will be able to connect to the phone at the same time, and there will be support for features such as security using WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access), according to Atheros.

A phone equipped with the Wi-Fi capability will be released later this year, according to Atheros, but the company isn't ready to name any names at this point in time, spokesman Greg Wood said.