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Vendors Trick Out DOCSIS Gateway With 400-Meg MoCA 2.0 Chip

SMC Networks used Intel's DOCSIS 3.0 chips and Entropic Communications' Multimedia over Coax Alliance 2.0 solution to create an IP-based cable gateway that can support more than 400 Megabits per second over in-home coaxial cabling for multiroom DVR and other applications.

MoCA 2.0 delivers more than 400 Mbps of application throughput, compared with a maximum of 175 Mbps with the MoCA 1.1 spec.

The solution -- which would represent one of the first MoCA 2.0 products on the market -- comprises SMC's DOCSIS 3.0 gateway platform, Entropic's complete MoCA 2.0 silicon and software solution, and Intel's Puma 5 family of Linux-based DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem system-on-a-chip solution. Intel acquired Texas Instruments' DOCSIS silicon business last year.

The companies showed the DOCSIS gateway with MoCA 2.0 silicon at CableLabs' Summer Conference 2011, being held Aug. 7-10, in Keystone, Colo. Only CableLabs members and select vendors are allowed to attend the event.

SMC Networks, based in Irvine, Calif., sells DOCSIS cable modems and other customer premises equipment to service providers.

"By collaborating with Intel and Entropic, SMC can empower service providers to deliver IP-based services that take home networking to a whole new level of consumer satisfaction," SMC Networks Alex Kim said in a prepared statement.