Entropic Delivers on 4KTV Innovation

  • Entropic
  • Qualcomm Atheros
LAS VEGAS — Entropic, a provider of semiconductor solutions for the connected home, introduced two new solutions that enable the delivery of 4KTV throughout the home:

  1. MoCA to 802.11ac Wi-Fi Reference Design to Enable Whole Home Wireless Coverage; Eliminates Wi-Fi Dead Spots

  2. MoCA 2.0 USB Reference Design - MoCA Adapter to Support Both Power and Data Over a Single USB Port


MoCA to 802.11ac Wi-Fi Reference Design

Entropic announced its collaboration with Qualcomm Atheros, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to deliver a turn-key home networking reference design to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original device manufacturers (ODMs) and service providers to provide reliable whole-home wireless coverage.

Entropic' reference design offers the latest technologies in wireless and coax home networking by pairing Entropic's EN2810, single chip second generation Multimedia Over Coax (MoCA) 2.0-based silicon and software with Qualcomm VIVE dual-band, dual concurrent 802.11ac plus 802.11n Wi-Fi solution to enable service providers and OEM/ODMs to deliver MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender products. This collaboration continues Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros's long-standing relationship in providing reference designs for home networking products.

Service providers are increasingly looking at ways to improve and better manage their subscribers' Wi-Fi networks. By using a MoCA 2.0 coax network as the wired backbone, service providers can deliver high-speed Wi-Fi coverage to in-home dead spots where traditional single access points do not get coverage. This greatly expands the consumers' experience and reduces operator service calls regarding poor Wi-Fi coverage.

MoCA is already used by service providers worldwide to enable multi-room DVR and video gateway to IP client set-top box architectures. As more connected devices and appliances spread throughout the home, subscriber expectations for reliable Internet connectivity will increase. It is the natural choice for service providers to leverage their existing MoCA networks to facilitate the distribution of broadband data throughout their subscribers' home.

Entropic's MoCA 2.0 to Wi-Fi adapter is a dual band, dual concurrent design featuring Entropic's second generation low-power MoCA 2.0 silicon, Qualcomm Atheros' QCA9563 2.4GHz 802.11N system-on-chip (SoC) and QCA9882, a 5GHz 802.11ac radio. The adapter is designed to offer the best performance and flexibility for extending the home's Wi-Fi network to deliver exceptional data and video throughput.

"The need for reliable distribution of video and data becomes increasingly critical with the growing number and variety of connected devices in the home and increasing bandwidth traffic on the network," said Al Servati, vice president, marketing, Entropic. "As service providers start to manage their subscribers' Wi-Fi networks, consumers will naturally expect reliable coverage throughout all parts of their homes. Entropic and Qualcomm Atheros are making this possible with the latest MoCA 2.0 to Wi-Fi reference design."

MoCA 2.0 USB Reference Design

Entropic's MoCA 2.0 USB Reference Design is a MoCA Adapter that supports both power and data over a single USB port. This innovation supports Entropic's goal to  deliver the lowest power, high performance compact MoCA 2.0 solutions that enable a "no excuses" whole-home network for high definition (HD) and Ultra HD/4K video and streaming media services - all over the existing in-home coax network.

The company's latest MoCA 2.0 adapter reference design combines the most advanced MoCA 2.0 technology available on the market with feature-rich functionality in a thumb drive form factor. In addition to its extremely small size (less than 3 square inches), the new reference design is the only solution to support both power and data over the same USB port.

"We know how to design discrete MoCA home networking solutions better than any company," said Al Servati, vice president, marketing, Entropic. "We invented the technology and have a deep history in providing innovative MoCA reference designs that have propelled the home networking industry forward. Our introduction of the MoCA 2.0 USB reference design accelerates home networking innovation, as it is the world's smallest, lowest power solution, ideal for online gaming using the latest gaming consoles and OTT devices such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire, allowing uninterrupted streaming of multimedia content from sources like Netflix, Apple, Hulu, HBO GO, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, or Amazon Prime and delivering available 4K content from over-the-top services like Netflix to an Ultra High Definition TV."

Entropic's latest generation of MoCA 2.0 solutions were designed for low power applications, ensured to meet USB power consumption limits while supporting unconstrained MoCA data throughput over the same USB port. The design exceeds the Quality of Service (QoS) requirements for connected consumer electronics (CE) devices and ensures the most stable method for delivering high bandwidth HD or 4K/Ultra HD video coming to the TV. Having a small, low power MoCA 2.0 reference design enables OEMs to design cost competitive products that can easily be used in applications with stringent power budgets. Added benefits of a low-power solution include improved reliability and lower overall system costs, without sacrifices in performance.

Servati continued, "We're making it easy for consumers to enjoy a rich multimedia experience anywhere in their homes. Entropic's latest USB adapter is small enough to sit behind a USB-ready television, game console or OTT box, and delivers unprecedented throughput with MoCA connectivity without requiring an additional power adapter. It is the perfect solution to leverage the in-home coax backbone for buffer-free entertainment consumers want."

The MoCA 2.0 standard delivers net throughput rates of 400+ Mbps over 16 devices/nodes and 500+ Mbps when in turbo mode.

The MoCA 2.0 USB bus-powered reference design uses Entropic's EN2800 family of discrete MoCA chip, the Company's second-generation, single-chip MoCA 2.0 system solution. Additionally, OEMs can leverage the EN28xx-series pin compatibility with existing EN256x and EN258x MoCA 1.1 solutions to design a single-board for both MoCA 1.1 and MoCA 2.0 products, which ultimately lowers development costs and enables a common bill of the material (BOM) to be used over multiple products and segments.

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