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Coaxsys doubles networking speed

Mon, 12/19/2005 - 6:51am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Coaxsys Inc. is set to unveil a new iteration of its Ethernet-over-coax networking platform that pushes speeds to 200 Mbps.

Powered by silicon from STMicroelectronics, Coaxsys' latest TVnet system will bow officially at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The initial generation of Coaxsys' TVnet technology was designed to deliver speeds as high as 104 Mbps over distances up to 250 feet. Several telcos are using the gear to distribute IP-based video services over existing home coax, essentially eliminating the need for homes to be outfitted with Cat-5 cabling. Coaxsys also has cut integration deals with IP set-top providers such as Amino CommunicationsEntone Technologies offers a similar approach with its "Hydra" gateway product line.

Coaxsys' latest entrant is also equipped to compete with other next-gen home networking technologies such as HomePlug AV and 802.11n. It also pushes speeds closer to the 270 Mbps proposed by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, an effort that includes support from Comcast Cable, EchoStar Communications and chipmaker Entropic Communications.

Coaxsys, however, has reached the market first, claiming to have deployed "tens of thousands" of TVnet adapters thus far.

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