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May 21, 2012

Entropic Releases MoCA 2.0 Silicon and Software Solution to Production

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

This week at the Cable Show in Boston, semiconductor solutions provider for connected home Entropic (News - Alert) Communications announced production shipment for its second generation Multimedia over Coax (MoCA 2.0) silicon and software solution.  According to Entropic, it is the industry's first MoCA 2.0 production silicon and software for the convergence of broadcast and IP services by Pay-TV service providers.

Entropic claimed that it's MoCA 2.0 solution is the highest performing coax home networking solution available today, delivering the fastest connectivity backbone network for whole-home high definition (HD) video and streaming media services -- all over existing home coax cables. Tailored for Pay-TV service operators who need to distribute broadband bandwidth around the home or rely on delivering IP video around the house using gateway/client architectures, Entropic's MoCA 2.0 solution provides maximum throughput, enhanced reliability, critical power management features, improved security, and backwards interoperability to prior MoCA standards.

Entropic said that the production version has been implemented in 40 nm process and has been tested to the latest draft of the MoCA certification test plan and meets all the MoCA 2.0 performance requirements.

Some key features include: a complete solution with MAC, PHY, analog, RF transceiver and RF front-end functionality, net throughput (MAC) rates of 400 Mbps over 16 nodes and 500 Mbps for two-node Turbo mode, full backward interoperability with MoCA 1.1 and 1.0, low power modes with wake-on-MoCA to address energy conservation initiatives, improved reliability with packet error rates better than 1e-6 and a low latency of 3.5 ms.

In a statement, Al Servati, vice president, Marketing of Connectivity Products at Entropic Communications, said, "The maturity of our MoCA 2.0 solution coupled with our first-to-market status, has allowed us to see significant market momentum and design-win traction for our MoCA 2.0 silicon solution -- especially as Pay-TV operators migrate to IP video delivery in the home."  He added, "The production release of our MoCA 2.0 silicon and software enables Pay-TV operators to implement their next generation architectures to deliver new services to their subscribers."

Edited by Rich Steeves

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