While the home networking segment may not be thriving as it once was, this is not the case for Entropic (News - Alert), a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets systems solutions to enable the connected home.
The company works directly with carriers and offers a range of connectivity and system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that deliver and process multimedia digital content into and throughout the home, according to Dr. Anton Monk, vice president of technology and co-founder of Entropic.
The company’s home networking silicon and software solutions are based on the Multimedia over Coax Alliance standard, which uses coaxial cable to create a robust, reliable whole-home network for streaming high-definition video.
In discussing current market drivers with TMCnet’s Rich Tehrani (News - Alert), “The most interesting trend is the shift to IP which is primarily being driven by the operators,” Monk said.
Another trend is growth in the satellite market, which Entropic is now part of, thanks to its recent acquisition of the settop division of PLX Technology (News - Alert), which is a supplier of high-speed connectivity solutions enabling emerging data center architectures
In July, Entropic acquired the direct broadcast satellite intellectual property and corresponding technologies from PLX Technology. Monk said the assets will strengthen the company’s long-term strategic position as the DBS market transitions to Sat-IP where satellite signals are converted to Internet Protocol and distributed over an IP network to any IP-enabled client device.
“We used to be known as a connectivity company. In addition to the networking, we provide direct broadcast satellite outdoor units so we provide solutions directly to the big satellite companies that allows them to bring the content from multiple satellites down a single cable,” Monk added. “We consider ourselves a settop company. That doesn’t meant we are trying to do everything in the settop world, but we are focused on the IP client side.”
Earlier this year, Entropic was named the market leader in the communications semiconductor space by The Linley Group, TMCnet reported. The company ranked number one in worldwide revenue of home networking application specific standard products, and is the market share leader in the home networking integrated circuit space, boasting 38 percent of the market.
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