STMICROELECTRONICS, CONEXANT AND BROADLIGHT JOIN MoCA™
Santa Clara, CONNECTIONS, May 3, 2006 – The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is announcing the newest additions to its growing list of silicon vendors with the addition of STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXT) and BroadLight, Inc.
The addition of these industry-recognized broadband consumer IC companies helps proliferate the MoCA standard for digital entertainment networks in the home using coaxial cable.
“ST, as the world-wide leader in silicon solutions for set-top boxes, has been and continues to work closely with
the MoCA community to offer system-platform solutions,” said Christos Lagomichos, VP and GM of ST’s Home Entertainment
Group. “The MoCA solution provides a compelling option for networked appliances.”
“Conexant has always provided its customers with full system solutions for their products and services,” said Jeff Crosby, senior vice president and general manager of Conexant’s Broadband Media Processing business. “We’re also a strong advocate of standards-based technologies, and look forward to providing satellite, cable and telcos with MoCA-based solutions for their next-generation products.”
“We are extremely pleased to join MoCA and look forward to working closely with its members on standards development,” said Raanan Gewirtzman, General Manager, R&D, for BroadLight. “Our PON solutions are perfectly matched to the MoCA initiatives because GPON uniquely delivers the bandwidth capabilities that can finally drive video and entertainment distribution into the home.”
“The addition of the leading silicon vendors for digital entertainment strengthens the MoCA ecosystem and furthers its path as the defacto method for home networking multimedia,” said Ladd Wardani, president of MoCA. “These companies, as leading suppliers of silicon to so many products that will also use MoCA, represent crucial interoperability and potential silicon integration and cost reduction sources that the industry welcomes.”
Membership in MoCA provides these companies with access to MoCA’s intellectual property under reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) licensing terms, as well as the ability to certify MoCA compliance of their designs, and therefore assure their customers of a standards-based solution. The full MAC/PHY v1.0 specification, ongoing certification waves, RAND licensing environment and membership by all the key MoCA intellectual property holders, assures any chip vendor or other entity that they will develop MoCA technology and products in a well-known and level playing field, and then be able to certify end products to show their MoCA compliance.STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2005, the Company's net revenues were $8.88 billion and net earnings were $266 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.
Conexant’s innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined, and continues to develop highly integrated silicon solutions for broadband data and media processing networks.
Key products include client-side xDSL and cable modem solutions, home network processors, broadcast video encoders and decoders, digital set-top box components and systems solutions, and dial-up modems. Conexant’s suite of networking components includes a leadership portfolio of IEEE 802.11-compliant WLAN chipsets, software and reference designs, as well as solutions for applications based on HomePlug® and HomePNA™. The company also offers a complete line of asymmetric and symmetric DSL central office solutions, which are used by service providers worldwide to deliver broadband data, voice, and video over copper telephone lines.
Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company with an annual revenue run-rate in excess of $900 million. The company has approximately 2,500 employees worldwide, and is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. To learn more, please visit www.conexant.com.
BroadLight delivers the industry’s only end-to-end solution (from the customer premises to the central office) for equipment vendors designing ITU-T compliant passive optical network (PON) systems. The company’s completely integrated product line consists of standards-based communication semiconductors and software solutions that enable its customers to deliver BPON and GPON equipment to carriers and services providers worldwide. This end-to-end solution provides customers with a lower risk development cycle and enables them to significantly speed time-to-market. As a result, BroadLight technology has been adopted by leading manufacturers who are currently providing equipment for the some of the world’s largest fiber PON roll-outs. Visit www.broadlight.com for more information.
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA™) is an open, industry driven initiative promoting distribution of digital video and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home. MoCA technology provides the backbone for whole home entertainment networks of multiple wired and wireless products.
The MoCA BoD includes Comcast, Cox Communications, EchoStar Technologies, Entropic Communications, Linksys, Motorola, Panasonic, RadioShack, Toshiba and Verizon. For more information, please visit http://www.mocalliance.org/.
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