January 10, 2008 -- At this week's 2008 International CES in Las Vegas, CopperGate Communications introduced its HomePNA 3.1-compatible CopperStream CG3210 chipset for streaming home networking entertainment data over existing coax and telephone wiring.
Intended for triple play IPTV and MDU access, the company says the CG3210 supports data rates up to 320 Mbit/sec per second, enabling distribution of digital content in buildings and homes driven by emerging applications from satellite and telco service providers, such as multi-room IPTV PVRs.
"With millions of chipsets shipped, CopperGate has established the home networking standard for TelcoTV," contends Gabi Hilevitz, CopperGate's CEO. "The CG3210 adds valuable capabilities to the CopperStream product line, which is being deployed today by both large and small service providers worldwide for the distribution of IP services within the home and in MDUs."
According to the company, the CG3210 chipset incorporates an ITU G.9954 compatible HomePNA 3.1 MAC and PHY as well as an Ethernet MAC and a powerful RISC processor capable of running the entire HomePNA 3.1 protocol stack. The device provides remote management and diagnostics capabilities and full backward compatibility with CopperGate's previous products.
"With multiple HD streams and whole-home PVRs becoming a reality for commercial IPTV service, adequate bandwidth inside the home becomes critical," attests Van Baker, a Gartner Research analyst. "The existing wiring inside the house is no longer just wiring; it is a high performance IP network critical to delivering differentiating features while driving down costs. Products are now required that deliver the high capacity and headroom needed by service providers for advanced applications."
The CG3210 is now sampling to customers.