Entropic Demos MoCA 2.0 At IBC

Entropic Communications staged the first public demonstration of its complete Multimedia over Coax Alliance 2.0 solution -- delivering up to 1 Gigabit per second of application throughput -- at the IBC trade show this week.

The chip maker showed MoCA 2.0 products delivering 400 Mbps of application throughput in its basic configuration, and up to 1 Gbps in channel-bonded mode. That's compared with 175 Mbps for the previous MoCA 1.1 spec.

Entropic's MoCA 2.0 silicon/software solution is currently sampling to early access customers and full volume production is expected for Q1 2012.

Mike Hayashi, executive vice president of advanced engineering for Time Warner Cable, commented, "Entropic's commitment to MoCA 2.0 advancements assures Time Warner Cable that our early investments in MoCA can be seamlessly transitioned to customers' interests for new services, applications and architectures."

"The increased throughput offered by Entropic's MoCA 2.0 product and the fact that it's fully backward interoperable with MoCA 1.1 enables us to be even more creative in building services that our consumers are interested in for the future," added Liberty Global Inc. senior vice president and chief technology officer Balan Nair.

Members of MoCA include Comcast, DirecTV, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Cisco Systems, Motorola, EchoStar, Pace, Technicolor and TiVo.

Also at IBC, Entropic announced that European manufacturer Technetix plans to deliver Europe's first push-on Ethernet-to-Coax Network Adapter, powered by Entropic's MoCA-based silicon solution.

In addition, Entropic participated in a demonstration by DirecTV of multiroom DVR services and remote user interface based on the RVU Alliance standard. Devices used in the demonstration included DirecTV's RVU-enabled HR34 Home Media Server and the recently RVU-certified Pace C30 set-top box, both powered by Entropic's leading MoCA silicon and software.

DirecTV kicked off a trial of its RVU-enabled server/client in May 2011, with a full U.S. rollout expected later in the year.