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Entropic purchases PLX's satellite chip technologies

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital channel stacking switch? digital broadcast satellite? set-top box? satellite delivery architechture?

Entropic Communications has acquired PLX technology's direct broadcast satellite intellectual property as well as its corresponding technologies for approximately $8 million.

PLX possesses design and development assets for digital channel stacking switch (dCSS) semiconductor product. Entropic will also pay a one-time $4million licensing fee for intellectual property related to the acquired assets. Entropic has also hired six engineers from PLX.

The PLX assets are complementary to Entropic's current digital broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor unit product portfolio, according to Entropic. The company said the acquisition should strengthen its position as the DBS market makes the transition to the Sat-IP architecture, in which satellite signals are converted to IP and distributed over an IP network to any device.

The deal hopes to enhance Etropic's current DBS outdoor unit product portfolio. The company stated that the acquisition should strengthen its position as the DBS market makes the transition to Sat-IP architechture, in which satellite signals are converted to IP and distributed over an IP network to any device.

Earlier this year, Entropic acquired Trident Microsystem's set-top box system-on-a-chip business, adding 700 employees to the company's roster. Trident's set-top product portfolio included SoCs, DOCSIS modems, interface devices and media processors.





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