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April 06, 2009

Broadcom's Integrated Reference Design Receives MoCA Certification

By Ranjit Nayak, Founder and President of Marketing at eVapt

The home networking reference design platform for set-top box (STB) and broadband access products from Broadcom have received MoCA Certification from the MoCA Certification Board.
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is an open, industry driven initiative promoting distribution of digital video and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home. For various wired and wireless products, MoCA technology provides the backbone for whole home entertainment networks.
Broadcom’s (News - Alert) home networking reference design platform for set-top box (STB) features integrated Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) connectivity. The combination of MoCA connectivity and Broadcom system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions allows the service providers to change a subscriber's existing coax cable infrastructure into a whole-home media distribution network.
With the help of MoCA technology, service providers can use their existing coaxial infrastructure and take advantage of these new applications throughout the home. MoCA has been adopted by most of the leading U.S. service providers as the preferred in-home networking technology.
“MoCA Certification is a significant landmark in the proliferation of whole-home entertainment networks," said Dan Marotta, Senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "As MoCA becomes more integrated in our wide variety of devices, service providers insist that their MoCA-enabled products will work together and be upheld to the highest standards. MoCA Certification testing verifies device interoperability with MoCA specifications, functionality and performance.”
With the help of the Broadcom MoCA reference design platform for STB and media gateway designs, service providers can offer whole-home digital media distribution services. This allows the subscribes to securely access, store and share multiple types of digital media content including HDTV programs, and video-on-demand (VoD).
The company has recently launched a wide range of highly integrated, system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions designed to allow manufacturers to rapidly design and deploy next generation performance- and feature-optimized hybrid cable, terrestrial and digital subscriber line (DSL) IP STB products for the connected digital home. This expanded product family has the ability to deliver complementary, streamlined feature sets for mid-range and thin client applications.

Ranjit Nayak is Founder and President of Marketing at eVapt. To read more of Ranjit’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray