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Actiontec, Entropic Communications Unveil a Multi-LAN Network Adapter to Enhance In-Home Wireless Coverage
Leveraging Entropic’s MoCA technology, Actiontec’s new adapter brings high performance ‘TV Everywhere’ applications to every corner of the home
Chicago, IL (The Cable Show – Booth #563) – June 15, 2011 – Actiontec Electronics, along with Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, today announced the Multi-LAN Network Adapter, designed to deliver more bandwidth, improved reliability and better network coverage anywhere in the home. Using the new multi-LAN network adapter, consumers can enjoy the best of both worlds: the accessibility and utter freedom of wireless networking, along with the reliability and performance of a wired MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax) connection, utilizing existing coax in the home.
Demanding TV Everywhere applications, such as multiple streams of high definition (HD) video to the myriad of wired and wireless devices, including iPads and connected TVs in today’s homes, require every increasing bandwidth, performance, and coverage. Actiontec’s Multi-LAN Network Adapter, powered by Entropic’s proven and widely deployed MoCA-based silicon, provides a seamless way to extend and enhance the wireless network using coaxial wiring for a more reliable, predictable, and “no excuses” quality of service for the whole-home network.
The Multi-LAN Network Adapter creates a robust MoCA backbone in the home to transport high quality, high data rates yielding speeds up to 175 Mbps, to significantly improve the signal in rooms where Wi-Fi connectivity is low or non-existent. As a result, consumers can have a high quality Wi-Fi signal in former dead spots – for example, connecting a gaming console in the garage or streaming an HD movie on a tablet in any room of the home – delivering on the promise of a better whole-home wireless entertainment experience, particularly for more demanding online applications such as gaming and streaming HD movies.
In addition, the Multi-LAN Network Adapter is equipped with four Ethernet ports. So, it can connect multiple CE devices in a single location, such as Blu-ray players, game consoles, or connected TVs. Consumers can easily connect their CE devices to the Internet and experience all their connected devices have to offer without having to string Ethernet cables through the home or invest in an expensive wiring project.
“Today’s consumers want any content on any device, anywhere and everywhere in the home. Our new adapter brings superior wireless connectivity to even the most challenging places in the home. The versatile adapter gives consumers more options and flexibility for connecting their devices to the Internet by leveraging the coax backbone already in place in their home,” said Brian Henrichs, chief business development officer at Actiontec Electronics.
“We’ve reached an inflection point, where consumers expect a strong wireless link everywhere in their home to best experience their tablets, laptops, connected TVs, Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, and game consoles,” said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development, Entropic. “The high throughput and reliability offered by Actiontec’s new Multi-LAN Network Adapter ensures the link between all devices within the home is not degraded, providing the best possible wired and Wi-Fi performance and quality-of-service assurance to confidently stream and access high-definition videos and multimedia content.”
A hybrid MoCA/Wi-Fi network, leveraging Actiontec’s Multi-LAN Network Adapter, can be seen at The Cable Show, booth #563, June 14-16, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The network adapter will be generally available in late Q3.
About Actiontec Electronics
Actiontec Electronics develops broadband-powered solutions that connect people to the Internet, applications, and content they care about. Our products — including gigabit Ethernet fiber routers, high-speed VDSL gateways, DSL modems, and home networking solutions — are deployed by some of the largest telecom carriers in North America. We listen to our customers, delivering future-proof solutions that help them stay competitive today, and tomorrow, with faster access rates, advanced performance, and exciting applications. Our innovation has been recognized throughout the industry, with numerous awards. As a minority-owned company, we’re committed to the world we live in by promoting diversity among our employees and partners, and actively pushing a variety of green programs designed to reduce the carbon footprint of our company, and customers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan.
About Entropic Communications
Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR) is a leading fabless semiconductor company that is engineering the future of connected home networking and entertainment by providing next-generation silicon and software technologies to the world’s leading cable, telco and satellite service providers, OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers. As a co-founder of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), Entropic pioneered and continues to evolve the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia and digital content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home. For more information, visit Entropic at www.entropic.com.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic’s leadership in providing MoCA enabled technology, and continued or future integration of Entropic’s technology into products of OEMs, and statements regarding Actiontec’s leadership in delivering MoCA enabled devices in conjunction with Entropic products or in any of the applications or markets mentioned herein, and statements regarding the anticipated benefits from the collaboration between Entropic and Actiontec. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic’s and/or Actiontec’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, the success of the collaboration between Entropic and Actiontec, which will depend, in part, on each company continuing to devote sufficient resources to achieve the goals of the collaboration; the ability of both Entropic and Actiontec to successfully address technical challenges and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis; risks associated with market acceptance of new products developed by Entropic and Actiontec; the risk that the market for high-definition television-quality video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as anticipated; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; the effects of competition, including the risk that other wireline or wireless technologies may achieve greater market acceptance than solutions developed by Entropic or Actiontec; and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” sections of Entropic’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2011. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic and Actiontec are providing this information as of the date of this release and do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.