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June 07, 2012

Unitron Group Picks Entropic's Channel Stacking Switch Technology

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Entropic Communications announced that Unitron Group has selected its Channel Stacking Switch (CSS (News - Alert)) technology for use in the new 9742 Johansson single cable multi-switch.

“Our new Johansson multi-switch product line leverages Entropic’s industry-proven CSS silicon to enable a cost-effective ‘one-size-fits-all’ system for DBS operator and free-to-air market installations,” said Joost (News - Alert) Verbrugge, general manager at Unitron Group.

“Our multi-switch technology utilizes the latest silicon and software to provide real-time flexibility that allows operators and installers to future-proof the installation process, while ensuring subscribers can optimize their whole-home connected video distribution networks over coax,” Verbrugge added.

DBS operators and installers require a flexible multi-switch satellite solution, compatible with various set-top box (STB) installations. The Johansson 9742 multi-switch allows DBS operators to make whole-home deployments easily.

As it is, installers will be able to expand consumers’ satellite TV service even if they have no knowledge of the subscribers’ satellite cabling topology or STB type.

This helps reduce capital expenditures for both operators and installers, as it eliminates truck rolls or installer appointments.

The new Johansson device also features multi-standard support for FTA legacy non-single cable and DiSEqC (Digital Satellite Equipment Control) installations, and supports CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) EN50494 single cable systems and BSkyB operator commands in the STB.

The Entropic (News - Alert) CSS technology allows the multi-switch to seamlessly distribute signals for eight receivers, which can be increased to 24 receivers in Single Cable Router or SCR mode.

Highlights of the Johansson 9742 multi-switch are the availability of four satellite inputs and passive terrestrial input; a wide range of satellite input levels; high-output power and support for auto-tuning of user bands. It allows only low trunk-loss enabling cascading of several multi-switches besides allowing multi-standard support.

“The growing trend of multi-room viewing and PVR/DVR installations continues to drive DBS operator and installer interest to run single cable drops to the home,” said Al Servati, vice president of marketing, connectivity products at Entropic Communications. “By enabling Single Cable Router mode in Unitron's Johansson 9742 multi-switch, we simplify the deployment and lower the overall cost of satellite service installation.”

Entropic Communications announced that along with Multimedia over Coax Alliance, it is showcasing how MoCA-based network adapters effectively ‘level up’ gamers’ consoles by minimizing latency and maximizing throughput to ensure smooth gameplay.

Edited by Braden Becker

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