CopperGate Communications CG3210 HomePNA 3.1

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CopperGate Communications CG3210 HomePNA 3.1

Today at CES, CopperGate Communications, a provider of home networking technology for triple play IPTV and MDU access over existing wiring, announced its CopperStream CG3210, the highest speed solution for networking entertainment data over existing coax and telephone wires. The CG3210 is the latest of CopperGate's HomePNA 3.1 compatible solutions and supports data rates of 320 Megabits 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. Wow, with 320 Megabits per second, who needs fiber-to-the-home (FTTH)? Scratch that, since this is an in-home networking solution. You still need a fat pipe to the home. ADSL2+ is pretty impressive though using copper to get lots of bandwidth (25 Mbits/s) to the home.

I should point out that the CG3210 is double the rate of the previous CG3110 chipset which peaked at 160Mbps. CG is currently the sole supplier of HomePNA 3 chips. I should mention that AT&T Uverse uses CG and they are engaged with Alcatel, Microsoft, Motorola, Scientific Atlanta, and 2Wire. CopperGate claims to be the main supplier of chips for in-home connectivity.

"With millions of chipsets shipped, Coppergate has established the home networking standard for TelcoTV, said Gabi Hilevitz, CopperGate 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 MDUs.

"With multiple HD streams and whole-home PVRs becoming a reality for commercial IPTV service, adequate bandwidth inside the home becomes critical", stated Gartner Research analyst, Van Baker. "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."

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