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Entropic, Sigma work on MoCA STB ref designs

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MoCA? STB? reference design? IPTV? media processor?

Entropic Communications Inc. and Sigma Designs have signed a cooperative relationship to develop high definition, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)-compliant cable TV and IPTV STB reference designs.

Powered by Entropic's EN2510 and Sigma's SMP8654, the reference designs due to debut in the Q4 will bring highly competitive, full-featured STB solutions to OEMs and service providers globally.

The Sigma-Entropic relationship symbolizes the technological innovations both companies are bringing to the global Cable TV and IPTV marketplaces. These companies are focused on the development of robust, feature-rich reference designs that leverage the full advantages of MoCA connectivity and powerful multimedia processing. The two companies expect to advance end-users' connected home entertainment experiences, expand service provider innovation, and spur ubiquitous connected digital home networks worldwide.

Using Entropic's third-generation, MoCA 1.1 compliant EN2510 single-chip solution, and Sigma's SMP8654 media processor SoC, the cable TV and IPTV STB reference designs are optimized to enable a cost-effective IP network, capable of delivering outstanding HD video performance, with guaranteed quality of service, over the existing coaxial cabling within the home. By taking advantage of up to 175Mbit/s of application layer throughput, 16 node support, parameterized quality of service (PQoS) and remote network diagnostic capability of the MoCA 1.1 standard, the reference designs will provide both the bandwidth and media processing required to handle multiple streams of high-definition (HD) video in addition to other network traffic, such as the sharing of personal content like music, photographs and other digital content.

The SMP8654 is a multicore media processor that features a 500MHz MIPS 24k main CPU that enables crisp user interaction and a wider range of application-based features, which enhance the "future-proofing" of this platform. It also offers a full complement of advanced decoder engines with high-definition video decoding, including H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (part 2), and the new AVS standard.

"Sigma Designs' OEMs and ODMs will accelerate the deployment of advanced IP-Cable and IPTV STBs by taking advantage of market-ready reference designs. Entropic's EN2510 single-chip MoCA solution used in our reference designs provides a strong solution for low-power, high-performance, 'no new wires' home network for distribution of IP video," said Ken Lowe, VP strategic marketing at Sigma. "The collaboration with Entropic for our cable TV and IPTV reference designs will enable higher quality solutions with faster time-to-market for the rapid deployment of MoCA enabled set-top boxes."

"With millions of cable TV and more than ten million IPTV subscribers worldwide, we expect to see increased operator interest in more advanced digital home networking solutions. Fueled by the introduction of innovative reference designs like the Sigma Designs' MoCA powered IP-Cable and IPTV STBs, service providers can offer their subscribers higher bandwidth and a more robust home network while providing new services and generating higher Average Revenue Per User," said Vinay Gokhale, senior VP marketing and business development for Entropic. "By partnering with Sigma Designs, a clear leader in media processors for the IP-Cable and IPTV market, we continue to expand our home networking product presence and bring innovation to the STB market, enabling simplified deployment and accelerated time-to-market for service providers globally."

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