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December 19, 2012

Entropic Communications Collaborates with Cortina Systems to Build Broadband Router/Headless Gateway Reference Platform

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

OEM and service providers can very soon sample the new Entropic (News - Alert)/Cortina broadband router and headless gateway reference design, scheduled to enter the market early next year.

Recently, Entropic Communications and Cortina Systems decided to collaborate to bring high-performance customer premises equipment (CPE), including broadband routers and headless gateways, to the market.

The new design will utilize Entropic’s MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) 2.0 solution with Cortina's CS7542 scalable digital home multi-service platform, a dual ARM (News - Alert) Cortex -A9 processor architecture with multiple enterprise-class acceleration engines.

CS7542's acceleration engines promise to cut down on CPU load for Wi-Fi 802.11ac/n performance, freeing up the Cortex-A9 processor to provide value-added services and a future-proofed solution for platform upgrades.

Together, this CPE platform creates a powerhouse system to bring next-generation data and video services into and throughout the home, with best-of-breed performance and service to the consumer.

"Service providers require a path to address the constant need to bring higher Internet speeds, better streaming video services and Ultra HD content in and throughout the home," said Dr. Stewart Wu, vice president of Marketing, Cortina Systems (News - Alert), Inc.

Stewart Wu said that by using their CS7542 digital home multi-service platform as a launching pad for the next-generation video headless/residential gateway, and Entropic's MoCA 2.0 powerful connectivity solution, they blaze a path for service providers to monetize the network and guarantee high-quality data and video distribution within the home.

The new reference design is expected to cater the CPE needs of service providers' while providing higher broadband speeds, newer applications and IP-based video to enhance the user experience.

Al Servati, vice president of Marketing, Connectivity Group at Entropic, said, "Our joint reference design provides a proven platform with the quickest time-to-market for addressing the needs of service providers to deploy next generation CPE as quickly as possible."

The Entropic/Cortina broadband router and headless gateway reference design is expected to hit the market early next month.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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