Entropic and Peking University Partner on HINOC 2.0 Access Solutions in China

Entropic to Offer Complete RF Front-end IC as Companion to Peking University's HINOC 2.0 MAC/PHY

BEIJING, March 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (China Content Broadcasting Network ExhibitionRadisson "Blu" Beijing) -- Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, announced today a strategic collaboration with Peking University to create the industry's first HINOC (High Performance Network Over Coax) 2.0 solution to serve China's expanding broadband access market which requires higher-speed broadband to support advanced triple-play and multiscreen services.

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is actively promoting Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC) solutions to enable bi-directional communication on all cable television networks throughout China. HINOC 2.0 is the SARFT approved standard for broadband access technology using the high-RF spectrum of the coax. HINOC 2.0 based services will operate in the range of 750 MHz to 1006 MHz and deliver speeds up to 1 Gbit per second at the headend and support 100 Mbits per second to each subscriber's home.

Peking University has a long history working with SARFT on next-generation broadband (NGB) initiatives. The University is working closely with SARFT to launch a HINOC 2.0 product to expand high speed broadband service for the greater China market. Peking University has selected Entropic's EN146x as a companion RF transceiver and front-end to their HINOC MAC/PHY.

Through this collaboration, service providers and their original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will have access to a complete solution allowing them to quickly develop EoC products for bi-directional communication that can coexist with other services on the same coaxial cable. This partnership provides an end-to-end solution incorporating RF front-end and baseband technologies that will enable China's service providers to offer both TV and broadband service, as well as introduce new IP video services – on the existing coaxial cable – to service multiple-dwelling units (MDUs).

Entropic's EN146x is a complete front-end IC that incorporates all the necessary active RF components such as the PA, LNA, T/R switch and RF transceiver. The chip is offered for both commercial and industrial temperature ratings and was designed to support the HINOC market. The EN146x is the only merchant RF solution available on the market, allowing vendors to focus their development resources on the MAC and PHY layers of the HINOC 2.0 solution. 

"With the availability of the EN1460 RF front-end for HINOC, Entropic is building upon its success of bringing high-RF Access solutions to the China market," said Professor Hongbin Li, HINOC project leader, Peking University. "Peking University is pleased to be working with Entropic's experienced team on our HINOC 2.0 solution."

"Entropic has long been committed to enabling China's growing broadband market," said Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "We see great potential for HINOC 2.0 based solutions and offer the EN1460 as a way for our customers to take advantage of all the RF expertise Entropic has learned over the years deploying with China's operators."


The Entropic EN146x is currently sampling.

About Peking University (PKU)

PKU HINOC Research Group is actively engaged in research and development of high speed data transmission and multimedia streaming over coaxial cable based network.  Active research areas include PHY and MAC layer designs and implementations.  The group provides specifications and recommendations for drafting the corresponding technical standard and helps to evaluate and verify the software and hardware platform(s) associated with the standard.   The group also designs and implements baseband and RF chip(s) and its applications for HINOC and the platform will be validated through scale tests in the test field established by the group.

HINOC Research Group brought together the experts from commercial industries and academics in the fields of research and development of Radio and Television technologies, industry planning and standardization, academic institutions, integrated circuit design, equipment and product development, small to medium test and demonstration, business operation and etc., in China.

With the establishment of HINOC Industry Alliance, there will be more enterprises joining the alliance for which will lead to a product innovation of networking product manufacturers for data transmission, broadband access, and terminal devices.

About Entropic

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: www.entropic.com, read our blog Entropic Topics, or get social with us at @Entropic_News, or on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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