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December 21, 2004

CopperGate and Ucentric create home IP network entertainment solution

CopperGate Communications, a developer of chipset solutions for home networking, and Ucentric Systems, a provider of home media networking software, have established a joint Internet Protocol network solution for delivering whole-home entertainment applications using existing coaxial cable and phone lines.

By CBR Staff Writer

CopperGate’s CopperStream technology has been integrated with Ucentric’s Whole-Home Media Software Suite to enable an IP network capable of distributing high-definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) broadcast quality video sessions.

The resulting system is suited to Ucentric’s Whole-Home DVR (digital video recording) application, Whole-Home Music, and distribution of photos to multiple display devices throughout the home. The integrated solution facilitates telco and satellite service providers to cut consumer premises equipment and installation costs while increasing entertainment service offerings.

CopperGate’s CopperStream products can carry 128 megabits per second of data over both coaxial cables and phone lines with up to 90% user data throughput. Guaranteed QoS provided by Automatic Bandwidth Allocation (ABA) ensures delivery of data streams with predefined bandwidth, latency and jitter. These products are the first to comply with the HomePNA 3.0 specification, an extension of HomePNA 2, an ITU Standard.

Michael Collette, Ucentric CEO, said: Our combined IP-based system…is built to expand to allow providers to support growing consumer demand for applications and services in the home that require this sort of bandwidth.

Ucentric’s Whole-Home DVR application creates a single recording library, shared among multiple television sets that allows users to independently record, pause, play, rewind and fast forward live or recorded programming from any TV in the network.

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