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June 16, 2010

Multimedia Over Coax Alliance Intros MoCA 2.0 Standard

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

Entropic (News - Alert) Communications, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that provides enhanced silicon and software technologies to various cable, telco, and satellite service providers, OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers worldwide, has congratulated Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), an organization that pioneers the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia and digital content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home, on the ratification of its MoCA 2.0 standard.
The newly announced MoCA 2.0 specification provides the vendors involved in connected home entertainment implementations with the enhanced benefits upon their previous MoCA investments, and helps them in meeting consumer demands for greater reliability and increased bandwidth effectively, enabling them to deliver high-speed, high definition video, multimedia and data services to their customers.
In the words of Tom Lookabaugh, chief technology officer at Entropic Communications, the company applauds the MoCA for their work on this vital standard that offers service providers a path to realizing future requirements for higher bandwidth services and home networking architectures. Lookabaugh continued that this is an important milestone in connected home entertainment, as major service providers worldwide are beginning to bring to market compelling new services, such as multi-room DVR, broadband extension and PC-to-TV connectivity, that will provide consumers with more robust, satisfying whole-home networking experiences.
Additionally, as service providers look to the future for deploying a gateway-client architecture, the evolution of the standard to MoCA 2.0 will be a necessity, Lookabaugh added.
With the latest ratification of the MoCA 2.0 specification, service providers and OEMs will be able to capitalize on their MoCA investments through backward compatibility with current MoCA 1.1/1.0 products, as the new specification enables the consumers to enjoy the benefits of its advanced features that include support for multiple streams of HD video at speeds greater than 400 Mbps net throughput with a 500 Mbps Turbo mode for point-to-point applications. The new specifications also provide an unparalleled experience to the users deploying Parameterized Quality of Service (PQoS) across all three pay TV segments, which are cable, satellite, and IPTV (News - Alert).
Entropic has shipped over 30 million MoCA 1.1/1.0 chipsets so far, which have been incorporated in products deployed by a range of providers such as DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS (News - Alert), Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Rogers Cable. The company has been a founding member and original architect of the MoCA standard.
In March 2009, Entropic Communications, Inc. announced the extension of its collaboration agreement with Cavium Networks (News - Alert), a provider of semiconductor products, which aimed at offering high performance MoCA enabled home networking solutions.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.