SoftAtHome, Ikanos to Deliver Next Generation Home Gateways

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 
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Latest Version of SoftAtHome Operating Platform, Ikanos Fusiv Vx185/175 Processors Add Advanced Capabilities Creating Ideal Platform for Multiscreen Deployments

PARIS, France — Broadband World Forum — SoftAtHome, a software provider of home operating platforms that help Service Providers and Operators deliver convergent applications for the digital home, and Ikanos Communications (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products, announced today that they are working together to bring a next-generation gateway platform to market. This new platform combines the latest capabilities of the SoftAtHome Operating Platform and Ikanos recently announced Fusiv® Vx185/175 communications processors to create a solution ideally suited for the performance and quality of service demands of next-generation home media gateways in a multiscreen environment.

“The combination of SoftAtHome and Ikanos power some of the world’s largest IPTV installations,” said Jonathan Black, director of product marketing, Ikanos. “We applied that experience to our latest generation products and created a combined solution that’s an ideal platform for the next-generation of advanced IPTV and multiscreen deployments.”

The combined solution takes unique advantage of the SoftAtHome Operation Platform’s streaming media management and graphical user interface and Ikanos’ broadband-optimized communications processor architecture. Together, the solution will deliver very high bandwidth capabilities and versatility for any network architecture including Fiber to the Node and Fiber to the Home deployments with bandwidth requirements of 100Mbps and beyond for visualizing multiple high-definition streams on multiple screens in the home. It will also help Service Providers dramatically improve the user experience for media sharing through DLNA thanks to a very high performance indexing of all home media and contents.

Ikanos’ native accelerator processors for Wi-Fi, USB and wired home networking technologies – including MoCA™, HomePNA™, HomePlug®, and G.hn – and SoftAtHome streaming media management ensure high QoS for content delivered wirelessly or via any existing wiring in the home. Thanks to the high processing power available on the Ikanos chipset, SoftAtHome can effectively embed a powerful web services interface for the development and deployment of remote services including a richer user interface with faster access to information.

Ikanos’ built-in SATA interface and SoftAtHome content management enables easily managed centralized storage of personal video, audio and games, along with centralized parental control, social address book, network attached storage, diagnosis tools or home automation services.

“SoftAtHome is delighted to expand its partnership with Ikanos,” said Michel Degland, CEO of SoftAtHome. “After deploying many joint solutions together, we are now collaborating on making the next generation home gateway the cornerstone of the home for the deployments of digital home services by Service Providers around the world.”