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Entropic Communications Showcases New MoCA-to-Wi-Fi Products to Extend Entertainment Networking to Tablets, Smartphones

MoCA Network Backbone Supports Wired and Wireless Connected CE Devices, Demo at CES 2012

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, will showcase a number of MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax)-to-Wi-Fi® Ethernet-to-coax adapters (ECAs) and reference designs based on its field-proven MoCA silicon. By leveraging the company's MoCA technology, service providers and device manufacturers can help consumers optimize their whole-home wireless entertainment experiences by delivering higher quality connectivity and performance to tablets and smartphones using multiple MoCA to Wi-Fi access points (AP) in the home.

In most U.S. homes today, one Wi-Fi router is present, which has provided a 'best effort' home networking solution for connecting PCs, printers and other Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home to allow for web surfing, checking email, and other low data rate services. As new devices such as tablets and smartphones become ubiquitous in the home and require simultaneous streams of high definition (HD) multimedia content, quality of service (QoS) and reliable bandwidth become a new challenge. According to Yankee Group, more than 90 million tablet devices are expected to ship worldwide in 2012. Most of these devices will be connected via the in-home Wi-Fi router; but Wi-Fi can be subject to unpredictable coverage patterns due to potential obstacles, such as physical home layouts (i.e. walls, multiple floors) and interference from other equipment (i.e. cordless phones, security systems, remote sensors).

To overcome these potential in-home network challenges, MoCA-to-Wi-Fi ECAs, embedded with Entropic's MoCA silicon, can deliver an even more reliable, predictable, "no excuses" QoS network. Instead of having a single Wi-Fi router, consumers can take advantage of the wired MoCA backbone in their home (with speeds up to 400Mbps on MoCA 2.0). By simply connecting a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi ECA to the existing in-home MoCA network, consumers can cost-effectively add multiple Wi-Fi APs into locations where Wi-Fi connectivity is intermittent, low or non-existent, or where there is a desire to improve Wi-Fi connectivity for high bandwidth applications such as video streaming.

"The MoCA home network will play a sizable part in reliably connecting multi-screen devices including wired smart TVs and game consoles, and wireless devices like the iPad and iPhone through a MoCA adapter," said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development, Entropic. "By serving as the backbone data transport architecture for the in-home Wi-Fi network, MoCA is the ideal and proven solution to make Wi-Fi better and deliver wireless coverage anywhere in the home."

Entropic's MoCA based silicon and software is powering MoCA-to-Wi-Fi ECAs being shown at CES 2012:

  • Actiontec Multi-LAN Network Adapter (Model #: WCB2500M): This new adapter unlocks the potential of a consumer's in-home MoCA network by bridging the networking technologies of coaxial, Ethernet, and wireless; giving consumers the ability to directly connect up to four networked devices at a single home entertainment center (smart TV, game console, HD streaming device, etc.) while simultaneously bringing a wireless AP directly into the family room for improved mobile connectivity to portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. The consumer is rewarded with a powerful local AP, as well as a high bandwidth MoCA network to ensure the best in-home media experience.
     
  • Wi3 WiPNET: This new Wi-Fi cartridge for the WiPNET system uses existing coax cable to create a wired, wireless network for homes and businesses. The cartridge ignites a powerful wireless network fueled by the hardwired dependability of a coax backbone. Installing multiple Wi-Fi cartridges only makes an in-home network that much faster and reliable. The WiPNET Wi-Fi network is the fastest, most dependable wireless system available for gaming devices, IPTVs and streaming HD video from the Internet.
     
  • ACEEX MoCA-to-Wi-Fi Adapter: ACEEX is showcasing a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi ODM solution based on the MoCA 1.1 standard and featuring a small form factor plug and play design.

Access, Availability and Pricing

The MoCA-to-Wi-Fi adapters shown at CES 2012 are based on the MoCA 1.1 standard. Entropic's MoCA 2.0 is fully backwards interoperable with MoCA 1.1 devices, allowing consumers and service providers to optimize their initial investments in MoCA, ensuring the highest speed home network is available.

MoCA ECAs, powered by Entropic Communications' silicon are currently sold in major retail and online stores including: Best Buy Magnolia, Fry's, and Amazon.com among others. MoCA-to-Wi-Fi products are expected to launch in 1H 2012.

To learn more about Entropic, the power of MoCA or to review a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi adapter, visit Entropic at CES 2012 — booth #31253 or online at: www.entropic.com.

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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Forward-Looking Statements

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 MoCA technology, its related prospects and its role in the future of home networking. 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, competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter 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.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Debra Hart
         Director, Investor Relations
         1.858.768.3852
         debra.hart@entropic.com

         Media Contact:
         Robbin Lynn
         Marketing Communications Manager
         1.760.579.2261
         robbin.lynn@entropic.com

         Chris Fallon
         Finn Partners for Entropic Communications
         1.917.974.1667
         chris@finnpartners.com

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