|Digital Channel Stacking Switch Technology Revolutionizes DIRECTV Installation in Multi-dwelling Units and Hotels|
World's First Digital Channel Stacking Switch from Entropic and Wistron NeWeb Corporation Enables Multi-Dwelling Units and Hospitality Properties to Deploy DIRECTV Service to More Set-top Boxes off a Single-Coaxial Cable Run; Making Installation More Cost-Effective and Less Complex
LAS VEGAS (International Consumer Electronics Show), January 6, 2014 — Entropic (NASDAQ: ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, and Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC), an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced wireless communication products, today announced DIRECTV has deployed Entropic's digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) technology in a new WNC multi-switch, the DSWM13 (DIRECTVs' Single-Wire Module 13), marking the world's first implementation of a dCSS-based single wire solution.
By using Entropic's dCSS technology, DIRECTV can deliver service to more rooms off a single-coaxial cable run in a multi-dwelling unit (MDU) or commercial installation, including hospitality properties. This implementation significantly reduces the cost and complexity of installation and simplifies set-top box (STB) upgrades as the single-coax cabling run can be shared across multiple rooms.
The new switch is powered by Entropic's first-generation dCSS solution, the EN5400, which is the digital version of its market-leading Channel Stacking Switch product line for digital broadcast satellite television applications.
"This revolutionary technology from Entropic and WNC provides an affordable way to dramatically increase the entertainment options available in apartment and condo buildings or hotels," said Henry Derovanessian, senior vice president, DIRECTV, Consumer Premise Engineering. "By deploying the world's first digital channel stacking switch we can deliver more entertainment to multiple tuners off a single coaxial cable from the outdoor unit switch to more set-top boxes and gateways in a multi-dwelling unit or commercial facility."
The DSWM13 solution is optimal for the hospitality market as it enables greater tuner support (13 tuners versus an analog system which supports up to 8 tuners) across the single-cable infrastructure. Further, the system can support a large number of DIRECTV receivers (STBs) from a common IDF (Intermediate Distribution Frame).
"WNC and Entropic have a long history working together to meet DIRECTV solution needs," said Jeffrey Gau, president and COO, WNC. "This new deployment is a significant forward migration of the Channel Stacking Switch products into the hospitality market and marks a win-win opportunity for DIRECTV and consumers alike."
"DIRECTV is the market leader when it comes to single-wire cabling solutions," said Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "They continue to future-proof their network by deploying the first digital CSS solution, which will enable DIRECTV to expand its product line and service new applications in key markets like hospitality."
About the EN5400
Entropic's EN5400 enables the ability to run one coaxial cable between the outdoor unit (ODU) and the in-room STBs, using off-the-shelf DIRECTV signal splitters. It can finely multiplex its output, on command from STBs to multiplex the large input bandwidth down to the exact frequencies that each STB needs to tune/demodulate at that time.
The EN5400 supports up to 14 Intermediate Frequency (IF) inputs, which are converted by Analog to Digital Converters (ADC) with each supporting 500MHz bandwidth located at 250MHz to 750MHz. It provides up to 20 user channel outputs.
The new dCSS technology is currently in early stage trials with multiple hotel chains throughout California, USA.
About Wistron NeWeb Corporation
Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced wireless communication products. With strong R&D and high-volume production capabilities, WNC consistently introduces innovative technologies covering a range of products including: DBS outdoor units, satellite/digital radio, networking devices (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, PLC), 3G/4G mobile devices, set-top boxes, digital home devices, automotive electronics, RFID and NFC solutions, and various types of TV/GPS/mobile phone/LDS antennas. WNC's mission is to provide its worldwide customers and partners with superior products through premium ODM/JDM/OEM design and manufacturing, logistics, and after-sales services. For more information, please visit: http://www.wnc.com.tw/.
Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, please visit Entropic at: http://www.entropic.com/, read our blog Entropic Topics, or get social with us at @Entropic_News, or onFacebook,Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements." Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected benefits of Entropic's dCSS solutions, Entropic's leadership in providing dCSS solutions, and continued or future integration of technology into products of OEMs. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effects of competition from alternative technologies; Entropic's dependence on DIRECTV's success; the risk that the market for dCSS solutions may not develop as anticipated; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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