Celeno Communications is bringing its wireless capabilities to Texas Instruments for use in cable modem gateways.

Celeno said its CL1300 Wi?Fi chip is now interoperable with Texas Instruments’ (TI) Puma 5 family of DOCSIS 3.0 products. The combined platform will allow cable to address next-generation cable IPTV whole-home distribution requirements and multi-room DVR use cases with wireless HD home networking.

Celeno said cable operators can benefit from the advantages of HD Wi-Fi, such as: flexibility to address set-top boxes in rooms without coaxial cable, video distribution to devices beyond set-top boxes – including portable devices and personal computers – and reduction of installation expenditures.

A DOCSIS 3.0 transport gateway manages the conversion of legacy MPEG-2 streams to IP, in addition to handling next-generation IPTV streams. When deployed with a hard drive, it can support multi-room DVR service and share stored content throughout the home network.

This delivery system uses Celeno's wireless HD technology to stream video content throughout the home to multiple tuner-less, thin IP set-top boxes, laptops and portable media devices for place, time and device-shifting use cases.

“We expect worldwide wideband cable subscribers to reach 22.5 million by close of year 2013. There’s no question that DOCSIS 3.0 is a key strategic driver for MSOs around the world,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst at Infonetics Research. “Marrying its capabilities with robust Wi-Fi technology for HD video distribution will allow MSOs to deliver video streams to portable devices, as well as cost-effectively deploy IPTV services in those homes and rooms lacking coax infrastructure.”

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