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Entropic, Cortina team up to push CPE development

19 Dec 2012

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Entropic Communications and Cortina Systems, Inc. have recently announced their joint effort to accelerate the development of high performance customer premise equipment (CPE) including broadband routers and headless gateways. These devices will enable advanced data and TV applications. The reference design addresses service providers' growing CPE needs as they offer faster broadband speeds, newer apps and IP-based video to enrich user experience.

The collaboration leverages the power of Entropic's first-to-market, MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) 2.0 solution paired with Cortina's CS7542 scalable digital home multi-service platform. The Cortina CS7542 is the industry's leading dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor architecture with multiple enterprise-class acceleration engines. The CS7542's acceleration engines significantly reduce CPU load for Wi-Fi 802.11ac/n performance, freeing up the Cortex-A9 processor to provide value-add services and a future-proofed solution for platform upgrades. Together, this CPE platform creates a powerhouse system to bring next generation data and video services into and throughout the home, with best of breed performance and service to the consumer.

Service providers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will now have access to a reference design that allows them to quickly develop products with the highest levels of performance and unsurpassed wire or wireless data throughput of 400 Mbit/s to 1,000 Mbit/s, depending on the requirements of the operator. Entropic's MoCA 2.0 solution enables operators to offer the most reliable whole-home network backbone with backward interoperability to existing MoCA 1.x networks for multi-room DVR, streaming HD VoD content, and extending Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home to support streaming video and data services to tablets and other mobile devices, all on the same coaxial cable.

The Entropic/Cortina broadband router and headless gateway reference design will be available to OEM and service provider customers in January 2013. It will be shown at Entropic's private meeting suite at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel during CES 2013, January 8-11, 2013.




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