July 23, 2009 -- Intellon, a provider of HomePlug-compatible integrated circuits (ICs) for home networking, networked entertainment, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC) and smart grid applications, announced that Bel Fuse, a developer of magnetic-based solutions for high-speed networking and computer applications, is integrating Intellon's newest HomePlug AV-based chipset into modules that allow OEMs and ODMs to embed HomePlug-based powerline communications capability into networking and consumer electronics devices.
The PLC modules are intended for devices including residential gateways, set-top boxes (STBs) for IPTV (Internet Protocol TV, either terrestrial or satellite), networked TVs, y-cable power supplies, security cameras, network attached storage (NAS) drives, and over-the-top (OTT) video boxes. The Bel PLC modules include the Intellon INT6400 chip as well as most components needed to add HomePlug AV functionality to a product. The modules feature an MII (Host and PHY) interface and connect to embedded systems via a standard 1.27mm head, further assisting OEMs and ODMs in quicker time-to-market and minimized BOM costs.
"With our third-generation HomePlug AV chipset, these Bel PLC modules provide advanced features, lower operating power and fast 200 megabits per second PHY-rates ideal for reliable in-home distribution of entertainment-grade video, gaming, and high-bandwidth Internet connections," says Chris Henningsen, vice president of marketing for Intellon Corporation. "They will certainly help OEMs and ODMs who want a fast way of embedding the latest and best HomePlug AV powerline technology in their products."
"Bel is pleased to be partnering with Intellon once again in our effort to bring modular solutions to an ever-expanding HomePlug AV market," adds Lee Hancock, broadband product manager at Bel. "We believe these new modules provide the most integrated, cost-effective solution to embed HomePlug AV powerline for any in-home multimedia applications."
The INT6400 is Intellon's most advanced IC; the company claims itt has the lowest power consumption of any 200 Mbps PHY-rate HomePlug AV-class IC, supports European 2011 Code of Conduct requirements for adapters and embedded products and delivers high levels of TCP throughput and more customer programmability options (such as programmable LEDs, push buttons and diagnostics), as well as improved Quality of Service (QoS).