Companies Join Forces on IEEE P1905.1 Draft Standard; Unveil New Reference Design to Bring to Market MoCA-to-Wi-Fi Access Points and Routers
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW 2012 — BOOTH #31253) -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, today announced its collaboration with Qualcomm Atheros to deliver home networking solutions and products based on the recently approved IEEE P1905.1 Draft Standard for Convergent Digital Home Networks, which provides a single protocol for unifying networks based on Ethernet, MoCA® (Multimedia Over Coax), Wi-Fi and HomePlug Powerline. Networking products that take advantage of a P1905.1-based architecture simplify the configuration and setup complexity when using multiple types of network technologies in a single home.
The companies are unveiling a joint reference design that enables service providers and consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs) to build home networking products that improve whole-home coverage by using the MoCA network to extend the range of Wi-Fi. This reference design is the first step toward leveraging the in-home MoCA network to automatically authenticate and configure Wi-Fi Access Points (AP) into an extended service set (the "auto-configuration" feature in P1905.1), enabling seamless roaming of mobile client devices such as tablets, notebooks and smartphones — from AP-to-AP — throughout the extended whole-home Wi-Fi coverage area. Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros are collaborating to make this solution fully compliant with the IEEE P1905.1 Draft Standard.
"The convergence of broadcast and broadband content, especially video, benefits from the smart usage of the leading wired and wireless media available in the home," said Patrick Ribardiere, director of product management, Qualcomm Atheros. "Through broad collaboration with Entropic, we are enabling OEMs and operators to extend the range of MoCA-enabled home networks by wirelessly connecting to any mobile, computing or CE device throughout the home."
The reference design is built on Qualcomm Atheros' widely adopted two-stream dual-band XSPAN 802.11N system-on-chip (SoC) with Entropic's market leading MoCA-based silicon and software solution. With the combined technologies, the reference design will enable service providers and OEM/ODMs to deliver MoCA-to-Wi-Fi range extender products that will create a high performance whole-home network using existing coaxial cable infrastructure.
"In the United States, MoCA penetration is expected to exceed 25 million households by 2014, allowing existing MoCA home networks to quickly expand," said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development, Entropic Communications. "The high throughput and reliability offered through integrated Wi-Fi and MoCA networking makes use of the strengths of each technology to support robust HD streaming to tablets, smartphones, and other connected devices. Many companies talk about overcoming convergence challenges, but Qualcomm Atheros and Entropic are taking the lead to make this a reality."
Entropic will be demonstrating the MoCA-to-Wi-Fi reference design, which incorporates Pre-1905.1 features during CES2012, booth #31253, January 10-13, 2012, in Las Vegas. The reference design will be available in Q1 2012.
About Entropic Communications
Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a leading fabless semiconductor company that is engineering the future of connected home networking and entertainment by providing next-generation silicon and software technologies to the world's leading cable, telco and satellite service providers, OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers. As a co-founder of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), Entropic pioneered and continues to evolve 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. For more information, visit Entropic at www.entropic.com
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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 Entropic's leadership in providing MoCA enabled technology, and continued or future integration of Entropic's technology into products of OEMs, and statements regarding Qualcomm Atheros's leadership in delivering MoCA enabled devices in conjunction with Entropic products or in any of the applications or markets mentioned herein, and statements regarding the anticipated benefits from the collaboration between Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's and/or Qualcomm Atheros'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 success of the collaboration between Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros, which will depend, in part, on each company continuing to devote sufficient resources to achieve the goals of the collaboration; the ability of both Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros to successfully address technical challenges and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis; risks associated with market acceptance of new products developed by Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros; the risk that the market for high-definition television-quality video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as anticipated; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; the effects of competition, including the risk that other wireline or wireless technologies may achieve greater market acceptance than solutions developed by Entropic or Qualcomm Atheros; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" sections of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2011. 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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