System-on-chip (SoC) developer Sigma Designs said its HomePNA-based chips have been selected to deliver broadband networking solutions to MDU residents who use Mototech equipment.

 
Mototech’s Coax MDU Master and Endpoint Bridges deliver broadband services over existing coaxial cable to all data-enabled devices in the home, including PCs and laptops, Ethernet-equipped set-top boxes and VoIP phone systems.
 
Sigma, a provider of solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home, added its Sigma chips, using “Fast EoC” technology, let Mototech deliver broadband services to MDU residents (apartment dwellers, condo owners and townhome residents) “more practically than any other Ethernet over Coax (EoC) solution available.”
 
Fast EoC technology reportedly saves service providers money by using existing infrastructure – coaxial cable already inside MDUs – to deliver IP data, voice and video. “Mototech devices with Sigma’s Fast EoC will help service providers avoid the costs and hassles associated with new Ethernet wiring and prohibitively expensive DOCSIS-based networks,” it said in a statement.
 
It also noted Fast EoC offers a “pay as you grow” solution that doesn’t require “significant” front-end investment; service providers can increase the number of masters and endpoints as they expand their network. Another feature allows Fast EoC to provide remote management capability and the allocation of different bandwidths to different users within the MDU community.
 
The Mototech solution using the Sigma’s MDU chipset is being managed end-to-end by the TR-069 developed by Institute for Information Industry (III).
 
“This solution enables cable operators to quickly bring Triple Play and remote provisioning of rates and services to consumers in the most cost-effective way,” commented Dr. Chia-Hsiang Chang, VP and general director/Emerging Smart Technology Institute, which is part of III. “We are pleased to work with Sigma and Mototech to bring these valued services to MSOs around the world.”
 

According to Sigma, more than 70 service providers use HomePNA for IPTV distribution and broadband access. In addition, 25,000 new Sigma-enabled HomePNA devices are installed in MDUs and single-family homes every business day.

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