Entropic demonstrates HTML5 streaming at CableLabs Summer Conference

Monday, August 6th, 2012 
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Entropic Communications Empowers Cable Operators to Stream HTML5 Content With Its Open Standards Set-Top Box Platform Over a MoCA 2.0 Home Network

KEYSTONE, Colo. — CableLabs® Summer Conference 2012 — This week at CableLabs Summer Conference 2012, Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, demonstrates the power, flexibility and performance of its open standards set-top box platform and home connectivity backbone solutions. The Company highlights the ability to run next-generation HTML5 consumer applications from an Entropic-based set-top box over an Entropic-powered MoCA® 2.0 (Multimedia over Coax) home network. The demonstration also showcases the ease at which high definition (HD) content can be transcoded to enable content bridging from the MoCA backbone to tablet devices via a connected MoCA/Wi-Fi adapter.

Global cable operators are interested in high-performance open standard STBs that can capitalize on the growing wave of consumer STB apps that can add value and offer a richer end-user experience. Entropic, already recognized for powering open STB platforms including Android® devices worldwide, uses its system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions with dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processors and integrated NEON™ technology to enable cable operators to merge traditional broadcast, video-on-demand, and IP-based content. By using ARM, Entropic can enable a higher deployment velocity of new apps and services that leverage the development work from the mobile and IP worlds and transition it to the STB platform. Further, the Company’s worldwide software design team possesses significant years of open and common standard development experience in the digital home, giving it a competitive edge in bringing highly optimized open platform solutions to market quickly.

Entropic’s CableLabs Summer Conference demo simulates a connected home environment with these features:

  • Next-generation, HTML5 consumer applications running over an Entropic-powered STB;
  • MoCA 2.0 and MoCA 1.X interoperability to show the ease at which new MoCA-based products and adapters can be deployed;
  • MoCA-based network adapters featuring combined Wi-Fi and MoCA connectivity to bridge content between a MoCA backbone and mobile products throughout the consumer home; and
  • Real-time transcoding of HD video content on an Android STB for redistribution and display on portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and PCs.

“The transition from QAM- to IP-based cable systems requires a flexible end-to-end platform that can immediately take advantage of industry standards, and then distribute the content securely and reliably over the fastest in-home network,” said Dr. Anton Monk, co-founder and vice president of Technology at Entropic Communications. “As the only pure-play platform semiconductor company in connected home entertainment we are fully focused on empowering cable operators to deliver, and consumers to enjoy, next-gen apps over their cable service with our SoC and MoCA silicon solutions.”

In May 2012, Entropic announced its STB SoC and MoCA silicon and software will be integrated with the Comcast® Reference Design Kit (RDK) to provide device manufacturers an opportunity to quickly develop and bring-to-market IP-Client set-top boxes to run native and cloud-based applications.