Sigma promises long-awaited chip

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

A chip set for was announced by Sigma Designs. is the new standard that covers communications on coaxial cable, phone wires and power lines.

In most cases, will provide a speed boost over HomePNA and HomePlug AV, with which Sigma's CG5110 chipset is backwards-compatible.

Sigma's CG5110 chipset promises a new category of home networking products that will give network installers and consumers the option to create home networks based on what wires are available, using whatever combination of wires that make sense for the specific deployment.

Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager of Sigma Designs' Home Connectivity Group, said: "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."

CG5110 samples will be available to customers in the first quarter of 2011, the company said.

Sigma's technology delivers additional benefits:

  • Creates a home network that can provide up to 3 Gbps in a single installment by simultaneously using all three wires inside the home (each medium carrying up to 1Gbps).
  • 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.
  • Sigma's chipset is the first to include the next-generation MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology over powerline through the addition of ClearPath Extreme.
  • Lowers the cost to manage home networks by providing the most advanced diagnostics and management features delivered in a home networking solution.
  • Maintains a competitive price by using a 40-nanometer geometry.

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