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DS2 tips 400Mbps powerline chip

Posted: 23 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:powerline chip? broadband? home networking? multimedia networking?

DS2, the Spanish powerline chip specialist, will start demonstrating next month a device said to double the peak data rate of broadband over powerline equipment and networks to 400Mbps.

DS2 expects the chip to be used in products targeting very high bandwidth home networking applications from 2009 onwards. The company says initial applications are likely to include multi-room IPTV and HDTV networked entertainment services, networked PVRs (personal video recorders) and multiple video streams will require bandwidth sufficient to support five or more simultaneous video streams.

The 400Mbps chips have been designed to be compatible with DS2's 200Mbps part that has been shipping for a while, ensuring a seamless migration path for existing users and designs, and will comply with the evolving standards.

The earlier version has been either deployed or is being tested by leading operators such as Telefonica, Belgacom, British Telecom, Portugal Telecom, Telecom Italia and Telia Sonera; global electricity utilities such as Endesa, Electricite de France and Iberdrola; and vendors of networking products, including Buffalo, D-Link, Comtrend, Corinex Communications and Netgear.

Jose Calero, CTO at DS2 said: "Increased bandwidth requirements for multimedia networking applications is one of the key requirements that suppliers to the home networking, networked entertainment and last-mile BPL markets are looking for from future technology specifications. We are well on the way to developing our third generation technology to ensure that suppliers will have the products available to meet the demand for multimedia applications in the future."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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