Entropic's Low Power Silicon Enables Johansson's Multi-Switch to Automatically Expand Installs From Eight to 24 Tuners Without the Need for an Operator Truck Roll or Installer Visit
SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, announced today its powerful Channel Stacking Switch (CSS) technology has been tapped by Unitron Group for its new Johansson single cable multi-switch, the 9742. Entropic's current CSS, the RF5218, is the de-facto standard for single cable solutions that seamlessly deliver direct broadcast satellite (DBS) to the home.
Global DBS operators and installers are looking for flexible multi-switch satellite solutions to work across a mixed class of set-top box (STB) installations. By leveraging the Johansson 9742 multi-switch, DBS operators can simplify whole-home deployments and installers can easily expand consumers' satellite TV service, without extensive knowledge of the subscribers' satellite cabling topology or STB type. This in turn lowers capital expenditures for both operators and installers, as there is no need for expensive truck rolls or installer appointments.
The Johansson device offers multi-standard support for free-to-air (FTA) legacy non-single cable and DiSEqC (Digital Satellite Equipment Control) installations; CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) EN50494 single cable systems; and BSkyB operator commands in the STB. With the advanced Entropic CSS technology, the multi-switch seamlessly distributes signals for eight receivers when in legacy mode, and can expand up to 24 receivers when in Single Cable Router (SCR) mode. By cascading several 9742 switches, entire multi-dwelling unit (MDU) systems can be supported.
"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 Verbrugge, general manager, 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."
The Johansson 9742 multi-switch includes these key features:
Four satellite inputs and passive terrestrial input
Wide range of satellite input levels (49 to 110 dBμV) to work under extreme conditions
High output power (AGC controlled)
Supports auto-tuning of user bands that are managed by the multi-switch for STBs
Low trunk-loss, which is ideal for cascading several multi-switches
Multi-standard support: EN50494/BSkyB/legacy backward compatibility with older generation STBs
DC input for low noise block (LNB) powering
"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."
To learn more about the Entropic-powered Johansson multi-switch, visit the Unitron Group at ANGA, Booth R21 in Hall 10.1.
About Unitron Group
Unitron Group is an international group of companies, offering state-of-the-art headend technologies and digital TV accessories, for providing TV distribution to multi-dwelling and residential buildings.
Unitron's solutions are available to many Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers and TV-operators, under their own brand-names. Installers and customers have access to our 'Johansson' branded products via a worldwide network of distributors.
About Entropic Communications
Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a leading global provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation home connectivity and set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions enable Pay-TV service providers to offer consumers a more captivating whole-home entertainment experience by delivering new, high-performing ways to connect, engage, and enjoy multimedia content. For more information, visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's DBS ODU technologies, 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 three months ended March 31, 2012. 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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