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January 14, 2013

Humax, Entropic and Comcast Team Intros IP-Client Device

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Humax, a set-top box manufacturer, and Entropic (ENTR), a specialist in semiconductor solutions, have teamed up to release a new IP-based set-top box (STB) based on hardware and software specifications developed by Comcast.

Humax and Entropic worked together to introduce the new Humax client device that helps cable subscribers to view a rich set of IP-based video services at any TV in the home. This device features both NTSC and HDMI outputs, enabling it to connect to a TV or other external media device.

The product promises to offer a highly-efficient, media and graphics-rich end-user experience and can easily run native and cloud-based applications.

The Humax client device is supported by Entropic's TSC188 CPU, a dual-core ARM (News - Alert) Cortex A9 solution along with Entropic's Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) silicon and software to provide reliable whole-home network connectivity.

The device also uses Comcast's RDK that enables the device manufacturers to rapidly develop, optimize and deploy new broadcast and IP-based solutions.

"We worked with Entropic and Comcast to provide another way to deliver more media-rich, IP-based services and content to subscribers," said Albert Son, president of Humax Americas. "Our global development performances, time-to-market track records along with RDK empowers this new generation of content delivery through the gateway/client model."

In addition, cable subscribers can use the device to record programs using its functionality. The DVR feature works in conjunction with the multi-tuner hybrid gateway server, and the on-board SD Card (News - Alert) lets the IP set-top-box stream and play back programming using the MoCA specification.

The device also comes with a USB port that connects to a storage device for bringing additional entertainment to the TV screen.

"In working with Humax and Comcast on the Xi3 platform, our goal was to bring more Internet-like capabilities to each TV in the home," said Mark Samuel, senior vice president and general manager, Entropic's Set-top Box (News - Alert) Business Unit. "By leveraging Humax' client STB expertise and our advanced STB SoC solution for video processing with our MoCA technology for the reliable connectivity backbone, we are delivering enriched ways for consumers to engage with their whole-home entertainment content."

Entropic showcased this new device at CES (News - Alert) 2013 last week in the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel.

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