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May 01, 2014

Entropic Enables High Quality Video Delivery

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Entropic (News - Alert) is enabling high quality video delivery with the release of EN7305, a single-chip, fully-integrated set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) for IP-Client devices.

The newly released solution promises to offer operators best-in-class video delivery and quality at each TV viewing location in the home.

It leverages Entropic's third-generation MoCA 2.0 technology to distribute connected entertainment from the gateway or cloud and uses advanced 1080p60 HEVC decoder compression technology to enable more efficient bandwidth usage for entertainment playback.

"We designed the EN7305 to address the evolving architecture of the cable home as well as allow operators to find new ways to reduce operational costs. For example, by supporting HEVC decoding, operators can increase their flexibility to acquire new content and minimize their diversity of content sources," said Matt Rhodes (News - Alert), senior vice president, Global Marketing, Entropic.

Entropic's EN7305 includes a range of high-end features for IP-Client devices including increased video efficiency, advanced home networking, eye-catching graphics, lower power consumption and lower system costs.

Thanks to 1080p60 HEVC decoding, operators are able to save transmission bandwidth relative to H.264 or MPEG-2.  The solution uses 28nm low power process technology to minimize active power consumption in the STB.

Also, it ensures cost optimized Bill of Material (BOM) through DDR3 or DDR4 memory interface, integrated audio amplifiers, video filters, ESD protection and key I/O systems for IP clients.

"By using advanced mixed signal technologies, we developed an impressive IP-Client solution that offers an integrated, low power design with a price per performance value that is unmatched when compared to competitive solutions," added Rhodes.

Entropic was in the news earlier this year when its MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) solutions were adopted by cable triple-play original equipment manufacturer (OEM), BigWhite Network.

This alliance has enabled MSOs to deliver more robust and cost-effective connectivity to support new revenue-generating advanced video services.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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