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200Mbps integrated powerline chipset unveiled

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:powerline chipset? embedded processors? low-cost networking?

DS2 has unveiled the Aitana, its latest 200Mbps integrated powerline chipset that delivers high-performance, low-cost networking. The device has an embedded processor, an Ethernet bridge, an IP stack, a powerful Applications Program Interface and software that makes the part a self-contained, flexible, adaptable, programmable and very easy to embed robust powerline solution.

DS2 says the part will make for lower cost and easier integration into TVs, STBs, game consoles, routers and computers.

The chipset manages multiple priority levels within the network. Data, VoIP, IPTV and video-on-demand services are all assigned sufficient network resources to operate simultaneously.

The chipset incorporates memory, filters, drivers, and lower cost power supplies. It is based on the Universal Powerline Association's Digital Home Standard, helping to make the part future-proof, according to Jose Calero, Director of Technology at DS2.

"The UPA is highly cooperative with ETSI and the IEEE's developments of international standards for powerline communications," added Calero, stressing this would ensure coexistence and interoperability with other DHS-compliant in home and access products requiring a share of bandwidth.

"DS2 was the first to bring 200Mbps powerline networking to global consumers. Now with Aitana, and through the addition of new software features and more aggressive integration especially on the analog front end, we are again the first to develop the most integrated chipset solution for high-performance, low-cost networking applications," commented Victor Dominguez, DS2 director of sales.

Major operators including British Telecom, Telef?nica, Telecom Italia, and Telia Sonera have already deployed DS2 chip technology in their commercial IPTV services.

Dominguez said the latest upgrade allows OEMs to lower costs and operators to develop even more consumer and business oriented applications.

Separately, Intellon Corp. the chip developer leading the other main powerline home networking effort, HomePlug, demonstrated at the Intel Developers Forum HD video content from a variety of sources being shared in the home using a HomePlug AV network. Data was transmitted simultaneously over coax and powerline infrastructure.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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