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CopperGate, Ucentric go IP with home gateway

Sun, 12/19/2004 - 7:00pm
Karen Brown

Aiming for telco and satellite providers that want to get into home video distribution systems, Ucentric Systems has teamed up with Israeli chipset developer CopperGate Communications to offer a joint product that can ship Internet Protocol video around the home using existing telephone and cable lines.

The joint product integrates CopperGate's CopperStream chipware with Ucentric's Whole-Home Media Software Suite, and the result is a system that can distribute high-definition and standard definition video throughout a home network. For Ucentric, that extends the capabilities of the Whole-Home platform, which already includes the Whole-Home DVR and Whole-Home Music products.

The integrated product will be on display at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6–9 in Las Vegas.

The CopperStream chipware features guaranteed quality of service through an automatic bandwidth allocation scheme that defines bandwidth, latency and jitter. It also can pump out 128 Megabits per second of data over coaxial and phone lines - a throughput high enough to support multiple HD and SD streams along with data in a consumer home network.

That, combined with Ucentric's IP networking software, provides a vital product for telco and satellite providers, according to Ucentric CEO Michael Collette.

"Our combined IP-based system for the Digital Home can now deliver a future-proof solution that meets today's requirements and is built to expand to allow providers to support growing consumer demand for applications and services in the home that require this sort of bandwidth," he said, in a release.

In addition, the joint products for the first time comply with Home PNA 3.0, a new specification for the phoneline networking standard.

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