Entropic announces Digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) ICsMonday, April 21st, 2014
Entropic Announces Industry’s Lowest Power, Smallest Size and Highest Performance Digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) ICs for Worldwide Direct Broadcast Satellite Operators
- World’s Lowest Power Outdoor Unit Solutions Deliver Approximately Half the Power of Competitive Solutions
SAN DIEGO — Building on its market leadership in the global Channel Stacking Switch (CSS) industry with over 100-million CSS chips deployed worldwide, Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced its latest digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) and Band Translation integrated circuit (IC) family, the EN5500-series.
The EN5500-series is comprised of three configurations supporting Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) operator configurations worldwide:
- EN5500, a six-input (250 – 2350 MHz), one-output, CSS-only IC;
- EN5510, a seven-input (250 – 2350 MHz), three-output, CSS and dual-band/triple-band translation IC; and
- EN5520, a four-input (250 – 2350 MHz), two-output, CSS and legacy IC.
Entropic’s use of advanced mixed-signal technology, including state-of-the-art multi GS/s broadband ADCs, DACs, and PLLs, coupled with efficient multirate DSP architectures for digital channelization and stacking, has enabled the Company to develop a family of highly-integrated dCSS solutions, with the world’s lowest power, most cost-optimized and smallest form factor when compared to competitive ODU products.
Entropic’s EN5500-series offers the following benefits:
Lowest Power ODU IC: Entropic’s second-generation dCSS solutions offer breakthrough low power dissipation at approximately one-half the power of current competitive offerings and one-fourth the power of previous dCSS Gen1 solutions. Consequently, the EN5500-series can be directly powered from set-top boxes eliminating the need for costly external power inserters.
A Cost-Optimized System Approach: The highly-integrated solutions provide the industry’s smallest easy-to-assemble QFN packages with integrated microcontroller, FSK, DiSEqC, SPI and I2C support, which minimize the external Bill of Materials (BoM) to enable cost-effective ODU implementations by OEMs.
Leading-Edge Performance: The EN5500 product family delivers best-in-class Modulated Error Ratio (MER) performance under all scenarios. Proprietary mixed-signal calibration algorithms, crosstalk and spur mitigation techniques ensure reliable performance over a broad range of operating conditions, and as a result, provides immunity to process, voltage and temperature variance.
Enhanced User Bands: The EN5500-series supports 24 user bands in response to tier-one DBS operators’ requirements to support more tuner/demodulators as they migrate to gateway/client architectures. Additionally, operators can rapidly deploy single-wire hospitality and multi-dwelling unit (MDU) implementations that have high tuner count installation requirements.
“The introduction of Entropic’s EN5500-series dCSS product line underscores our commitment and investment in the global DBS market. As the market leader of single-wire DBS technology, with more than 100-million CSS chips deployed worldwide, no other company can claim to have implemented or understand the challenges associated with deploying operator-class single-wire applications like Entropic,” said Matt Rhodes, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Entropic. “We believe with our superior execution, low power and low cost, the EN5500-series is a single-wire ODU game-changer, enabling operators to achieve long-term reliability and cost savings.”
Entropic is currently sampling the EN5500, EN5510 and EN5520.