Communications Chip Set – for multimedia networking in the home

Entropic Communications introduced the c.LINK-270&#153 , a chipset that transforms a homeowner's existing coaxial cable infrastructure into a robust (270Mbps) home network, ideal for room-to-room video distribution, gaming, Internet connectivity, and more.

Enabling true coax networking requires traversing splitters from output to output, something they were specifically designed not to do. Entropic's c.LINK waveform, however, jumps splitters from output to output, and peacefully co-exists with all the content (cable, satellite, etc.) currently on the coax. Therefore, networking with c.LINK-equipped devices over coax means no new wiring or hardware is needed, and it can be installed by the average homeowner with plug-and-play simplicity.

Entropic's c.LINK-270 chipset provides the industry's most cost-effective method for networking video and data in the home, and can be built into a variety of consumer electronics – STBs, TVs, PCs, and DVRs. The product delivers a maximum data rate of 270Mbps, capable of streaming multiple simultaneous HDTV and SD videos with no loss of picture quality.

c.LINK-270 consists of two ICs: an RF front-end, and baseband controller with an embedded Media Access Controller (MAC). The technology supports three protocols over the same coax wire: Ethernet, MPEG Transport Stream, and IEEE-1394. A c.LINK-enabled home network supports up to 10 simultaneous channels, each of which has a data capacity of up to 270Mbps for multiple simultaneous HD/SD MPEG Transport Streams and Ethernet packets. For security, c.LINK packets are DES encrypted.

Entropic Communications , San Diego, CA 92121, USA.

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