Entropic Brings the Highest Performance Ethernet-Over-Coax (EoC) Broadband Access Solution to China, Delivering 800 Mbps Aggregated Throughput

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BEIJING, March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition -- Hall: 3; Booth # 3403) -- Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced the EN3681 Network Controller (NC) and the EN3690 Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) – the Company's newest generation of c.LINK® 1.1+ Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC) Broadband Access solutions. Entropic's latest c.LINK 1.1+ offering is the first multiple-channel EoC solution that can deliver up to 800 Mbps of aggregated throughput, ensuring the bandwidth and flexibility needed to meet China's Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB) requirements. Entropic is demonstrating its new EoC solution at the China Content Broadcasting Network(CCBN) exhibition – Hall 3, Booth #3403 – which takes place this week in Beijing.

To satisfy consumer demand for high definition (HD) video content across a variety of connected devices, and to meet requirements set forth by the NGB initiative, China MSOs are looking for high throughput broadband access solutions to reliably drive more entertainment services and applications to their subscribers.

Entropic's EN3681 NC and EN3690 CPE solution delivers the industry's highest performance, highest density EoC solution in the smallest form factor. The technology employs the first-ever multiple-channel solution which raises the performance bar – bringing 800 Mbps of aggregated throughput to MSOs' networks, and operates across a wide frequency range, making it easy to co-exist with Low RF and other High RF solutions. This flexibility allows MSOs to easily augment their capacity needs if more bandwidth is desired. This new generation of EoC solution is backward compatible with Entropic's c.LINK 1.1 install base, protecting MSOs investments and provides an upgrade path over their existing services.

"We continue our commitment and innovation in the EoC Broadband Access market with the introduction of our latest c.LINK EoC solution," said Al Servati, vice president, Connectivity Group, Entropic. "Chinese MSOs are looking for EoC solutions that are powerful, scalable, cost-effective and can deliver quality triple-play services. Our technology leads the industry with the first-ever multiple-channel EoC system; giving MSOs a cost-optimized architecture that enables the delivery of higher data rates for more HD video viewing experiences across the multiscreen environment."

Key technical features of Entropic's EN3681 NC and EN3690 CPE solution include:

  • Proven Technology:
  • System-on-a-Chip (SoC) is based on fourth generation MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) silicon
  • Low power 40nm CMOS process technology in 13mm x 13mm 225-PBGA package
  • Industrial temperature (EN3681) and commercial temperature (EN3690) support
  • Performance:
  • Up to 800Mbps aggregate MAC throughput on NC and 200Mbps aggregate MAC throughput on CPE
  • Support for up to 252 clients per Network Controller
  • TDMA base QoS for video, voice and data services
  • Dynamic channel assignment based on link conditions and system load
  • Compatibility:
  • Interoperable with c.LINK 1.1 and future c.LINK 2.0
  • Co-existence with other low and high radio frequency (HRF) EoC solutions
  • Advanced Software Features:
  • Network and remote management
  • VLAN and multicast services
  • Bandwidth management

The new c.LINK 1.1+ EoC Broadband Access solution leverages Entropic's advanced software development ecosystem to bring original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original device manufacturer (ODM) products to market faster; enabling MSOs to increase revenues as they deliver higher value triple-play services.


The Entropic's EN3681 NC and EN3690 CPE solution will begin sampling to early access customers in Q3 2013 with full production-ready silicon available in Q4 2013. The technology will be on display all week at CCBN – in Entropic's booth, located in Hall 3, Booth # 3403.

About Entropic

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, visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com.

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