First G.hn Chipset Allows Next-Gen Home Networking

  • Home Networking
  • Sigma Designs
MILPITAS, CA — Chipmaker Sigma Designs announced the industry’s first G.hn chipset for home entertainment networking.

G.hn is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s next-generation standard for wired home entertainment networks over powerline, coax or twisted pair, and the CG5110 G.hn chipset paves the way for new home entertainment networking products and services, including moving high-definition content over any wire in the home. It also makes the setup of advanced home networks easy enough to be done by end users.

Home networks using Sigma’s G.hn chipset can run at up to 3 Gbps if powerlines, telephone lines and coax cables are used all at once. That's plenty of bandwidth for high-definition multimedia entertainment, triple-play services, IPTV, telepresence, telemedicine, home monitoring and 3DTV.

The chipset is backward compatible with HomePNA and HomePlug AV, which account for about 80 percent of all IPTV deployments in the world. “The prospect of a universal dongle that enables communication over any existing wire within the home will give cable installers the most flexibility when doing an installation – but the prospect of curbside installation with an installation kit mailed to the home is the most exciting opportunity for video operators worldwide,” says Sam Rosen, senior analyst at Digital Home Practice for ABI Research.

Among the benefits of this solution:
• Every outlet in the house can now talk to every other outlet in the house using the same IP protocol, creating a single mesh network. This will make the connected home a reality.
• MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology makes powerline networking fast and reliable for the first time.
• Easy migration from legacy wireline technologies.
• Advanced diagnostics and management features.
• Competitive price.

Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager of Sigma Designs’ Home Connectivity Group, says, “Until today, there was no universal solution for wired home entertainment networking. For each market, you had to develop a proprietary solution. Now, a single standards-based solution can cover the entire world and provide a highly reliable and easy way to move rich content inside the home.”

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