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January 05, 2011

Cavium Partners with Monster for Home Media Streaming

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Cavium Networks, a provider of integrated semiconductor products for networking, communications and connected home applications, announced  partnership with Monster, a manufacturer of HDMI cables, AV accessories and power conditioning products, to enable a broad range of wired and wireless home media streaming and content sharing devices.

The companies will use Cavium’s WiVu technology and PureVu processor family to enable content sharing and home video distribution in several Monster media streaming devices, company officials said.

Home media streaming and content sharing are among the most sought-after lifestyle enhancing features helping drive today’s home entertainment industry, according to officials at Monster.

Cavium’s 2D and 3D PureVu processors are designed in an effort to enable high video quality and performance for media streaming at home, according to the company. The processors are powered with Cavium’s SLL technology for real-time interactivity, as well as SMART video QoS for reliable multi-room operation.

With PureVu video processors, customers can view, share, and interact with their content from any home display on any network, according to company sources.

“Innovation has always been the driving force behind everything we do at Monster, and always with an aim toward creating unique products that bring our customers real lifestyle benefits,” said Noel Lee, head Monster, in a statement. “In today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing home entertainment arena, forming close alliances with other technology leaders is crucial to achieving our goals.”

Cavium’s WiVu is known to offer the flexibility and scalability required to work with a variety of standards-based networking technologies, including Wi-Fi and powerline, for in-room or multi-room HD video delivery.

The low latency compression and robust multi-room transmission of PureVu make it ideal for addressing the challenges associated with the constrained and varying channel capacity of typical home networks, according to company officials.

Additionally, the support for High Definition Content Protection (HDCP) 2.0 protocol also enables transmission of protected content to one or more displays within the home.

Cavium Networks (News - Alert) offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 40 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment, the company said.

Recently the company also announced partnership with DSP Group, a self-described global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications at home, to develop a market-ready reference design for a multi-service gateway with fully integrated Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT (News - Alert)) capabilities and advanced VoIP functionality.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.