Global Invacom and Entropic Collaborate to Design World's First Hybrid Fiber Plus Digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) Multi-switch
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Sept. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (IBC, Entropic Meeting Suite G106/G107; Hall 13) – Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, and Global Invacom Group Limited (SGX:QS9) (LSE:GINV), an established R&D-led satellite communications (Sat Comms) equipment provider, announced today a partnership to design the world's first hybrid plus digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) Multi-switch solution based on Entropic's EN5520 second-generation dCSS integrated circuit (IC), the EN5520.
The new Multi-switch solution is targeted for installations that utilize a fiber backbone for distribution of direct to home (DTH) broadcast video in multi-dwelling unit (MDU) facilities. Receiving the multi GHz broadcast signal over fiber, the Entropic EN5520 can select up to 32 transponders and transmit across two coax outputs – which provides 32 User Bands of viewing or recording capacity. This hybrid solution is ideal for server/client architectures where the server set-top box (with multiple tuners and demodulators) receives the input signal over a single-cable. The architecture provides operator flexibility, lowers Subscriber Acquisition Cost (SAC) and minimizes subscriber churn through opportunities to offer advanced services.
Entropic's EN5520 offers breakthrough low power dissipation at less than two watts – which is approximately half the power of competitive offerings. In comparison to other ICs, it is also the most cost-optimized and has the smallest form factor. The EN5520 provides an optimal interface to Global Invacom's programmable Romeo & Juliet fiber chipsets – providing a cost- and power-efficient solution.
"We are excited to enter into collaboration with Entropic – an industry-leader in digital Channel Stacking Switch solutions. The integration of Entropic's low power EN5520 with our Romeo & Juliet chipset opens up new opportunities for both parties to create value for the consumer," said Mr. Malcolm Burrell, Executive and Technical Director of Global Invacom.
"By working with Global Invacom we can challenge the market with innovative MDU Multi-switch solutions," said Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "By introducing the world's first hybrid fiber plus 32 User Band dCSS solution, we are enabling operators to move toward new server/client architectures more quickly, while lowering overall SAC and new service or upgrade costs."
Global Invacom expects to have production units based on Entropic's EN5520 IC, available in 1Q 2015. For more information on Entropic's dCSS technology, visit Entropic's website here.
About Global Invacom Group Limited
Global Invacom Group Limited ("Global Invacom") is listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited Mainboard ("SGX-ST") and its shares are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange in the U.K.
Global Invacom is a fully integrated satellite equipment provider with five manufacturing plants across China, Malaysia and U.K., providing a full range of LNB receivers, transmitters, switches and video distribution components and electronics manufacturing services in satellite communications, TV peripherals, computer peripherals, medical, and consumer electronics industries. Its customers include satellite broadcasters such as BSkyB of the U.K. and DISH Network of the U.S.A.
Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, please visit Entropic at:
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Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's dCSS technologies, their related prospects and their role in the future of connected home entertainment. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.