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Entropic chips in milestone

Wed, 03/21/2007 - 7:04am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Entropic Communications, a founding member of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), confirmed shipment of its five-millionth “c.LINK” chipset.

That chipset, found in the majority of MoCA-based media centers and set-tops, enables the delivery of digital video and other apps around the home using existing coax. The whole-home DVR is one of its initial applications, with Verizon among the early adopters of MoCA technology.

“This achievement also further establishes MoCA as the de facto standard on coax as the home entertainment network backbone,” claimed Entropic President and CEO Patrick Henry.

HPNAv3, a rival home networking standard, is designed to ship content via home coax as well as phone lines. AT&T is using HPNAv3 for its IP-based U-verse service.

MoCA, HPNAv3, Wi-Fi, HomePlug A/V and a raft of proprietary systems are all pursuing a potentially lucrative next-gen home networking market.

iSuppli forecasts that the home networking market will grow to 500 million “nodes” shipped per year by 2010, with nodes operating on existing coax cabling expected to account for 75 percent of that total.

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