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DS2 reveals technology for 400Mbit/s powerline comms

Posted: 02 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:powerline communications? broadband? 400Mbit/s 280Mbit/s?

Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA of Valencia, Spain, also known as DS2, has demonstrated technology being developed for 400Mbit/s powerline communications, at the Broadband World Forum, which opened in Brussels this week (Sept. 29).

The demonstration shows the applications layer throughput of over 280Mbit/s, up to three times current levels, the company said. It also shows interoperability between three generations of DS2 powerline technology: the 100Mbit/s Montgo chipset for Internet sharing, audio and data networking; the 200Mbit/s products based on DS2's Aitana chipset, and DS2's 400Mbit/s technology.

"We are announcing this technology breakthrough with the purpose of sharing our roadmap with the industry and gathering feedback from customers and partners so that DS2 400Mbit/s technology will be available in next generation products from DS2 on time to satisfy the demands for extra bandwidth for HD IPTV applications," said Jorge Blasco, president and CEO of DS2, in a statement issued by DS2.

The company did not indicate when it expects to have a chipset that can meet the 400Mbit/s challenge.

"We have shipped more than 800,000 powerline adapters for IPTV applications during 2007. We expect to sell more than 1 million adapters by end of 2008. However, we are always looking to add value in the future and we select technology providers to ensure that we continue to gain market traction going forward. Interoperability, between different generations of product is a key requirement for IPTV operators," said Harold Fitch, general manager for Comtrend Corp. in Europe and South America, in the same statement.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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