LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (International Consumer Electronics Show) – Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, and Prime Electronics & Satellitics Inc., a leading manufacturer of advanced digital satellite communication and wireless consumer electronic products, today announced the industry's first single-chip, three-tuner Channel Stacking Switch (CSS) Low Noise Block (LNB) converter for the global Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Outdoor Unit (ODU) market.
This single-chip LNB is powered by Entropic's highly-integrated RF5218 CSS integrated circuit (IC), and offers a flexible input configuration and three-tuner support in a cost-optimized package with minimal power consumption. The new single-chip LNB, manufactured by Prime, allows DBS operators the opportunity to support three-tuners off a single cable run, such as a High Definition (HD) personal/digital video recorder (PVR/DVR) and a HD Zapper/Client in a second room, in the most cost-optimized manner. CSS technology provides the lowest installation cost for deploying HD and multi-room services in the home via PVR/DVR products, allows for easy plug-and-play STB installations, and simplifies upgrades and new installations with a lower total system cost.
"In working with Entropic, we are able to deliver a first-to-market single-chip LNB device that we believe is a strong complement to our current portfolio of Entropic-powered single-cable outdoor unit products," said Vincent Hung, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Prime Electronics & Satellitics. "Our new LNB gives emerging market Pay-TV operators an affordable solution that will increase their average revenue per user by advancing subscribers' TV and entertainment experiences with new HD and multi-room services – all on a single-cable feed."
"As the global market leader in single-wire cabling infrastructure for satellite service delivery, we continue to work with world-class partners like Prime to deliver revolutionary products to the global DBS operator market," said Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "We believe Prime's first single-chip, three-tuner LNB, powered by Entropic's RF5218, will have wide-scale appeal with DBS operators throughout developing countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia Pacific, and Eastern Europe. This is because in these markets traditional homes have two TV viewing locations and can now get HD service, multi-room entertainment and home networking over our cost-optimized CSS single-wire architecture."
CSS and Home Networking Co-Existence
By networking PVRs via a single-cable infrastructure, DBS operators can deploy whole-home PVR applications using MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance). Operators can offer more entertainment services on the single-wire network, by combining Entropic's CSS technology with its MoCA-based home networking silicon, which enables the most reliable streaming of multiple HD video, audio and data traffic throughout the home. By combining CSS with MoCA, DBS operators gain a significant competitive customer service advantage in their ability to offer new services while reducing the capital costs associated with new subscriber installations and existing customer upgrades. Further, combining CSS and MoCA technologies provides a flexible way to allocate traffic on the subscriber's coax wiring; future-proofing potential bandwidth expansion needs required for capacity-heavy home networks.
Prime's new single-chip, three-tuner LNB is available for DBS operators now. The new product will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Entropic's Meeting Suite at the Wynn Las Vegas, Alsace Ballroom, from January 7 - 10, 2014.
Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, please visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com, read our blog Entropic Topics, or get social with us at @Entropic_News, or on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's CSS technology, its related prospects and its role in the future of connected home entertainment. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition, risks associated with Entropic dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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