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CopperGate Demonstrates New HomePlug AV and HomePNA Chipsets at CES

January 08, 2010 6:01 AM in Asoka , CopperGate , HomePlug , HomePNA  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

CopperGate, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), is at CES 2010 demonstrating its HomePNA and HomePlug AV - January 7 - 10, 2010 in Las Vegas.

The company is showing its ultra-greenHomePlug AV CG2110 Chipset, announced last October. The chipset offers service providers and CPE equipment manufacturers a cost-effective, reliable, and easy way to distribute demanding video, audio, data, and voice, such as triple-play services and IPTV, over powerlines throughout a home. 

Asoka, a leading supplier of HomePlug solutions to North American service providers, is developing HomePlug AV bridges based upon the high performance CopperGate CG2110 Chipset. The new Asoka HomePlug AV adapters will enable service providers to deliver data and video more reliably than ever before using existing power line wires inside consumer homes.


I had a chance to briefly visit with CopperGate CEO, Gabi Hilevitz, where he explained that the HomePNA standard continues to provide the highest performance and lowest costs for delivering in-home networking and broadband access.  And that has helped service providers reduce IPTV installation costs by over $300 million to date.

What a week….G.hn is a go. Sigma Designs Buys CopperGate

October 20, 2009 3:10 AM in CopperGate  | 1 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Two events over the last week took place, which really matter.  G.hn gets the green light on the physical layer and architecture portion, and Sigma Designs buys CopperGate. While expecting news on the first item, the second was more like icing on the wired home networking cake.

When you visit the Sigma Designs web site, their message is simple:  “Powering the Digital Media Generation.” If you go to the investor’s presentation, which talks about the acquisition of CopperGate, you can begin to see how this not only made perfect sense, but is a glimpse at the future of G.hn in its own right.

Buying CopperGate gives Sigma two key strengths:

1.   A new R&D team in Israel, a hub for telecom and multimedia expertise

2.     It puts Sigma dead center on the residential gateway – a coveted piece of real estate in the home they previously did not own.  Add in the wireless access point, the IP phone, and NAS (network attached storage) and it’s clear that the marriage of IPTV media processors combined with buying the leader in home networking, gives Sigma an edge in network home entertainment.

Next up for G.hn is the expected approval of the data link layer that is expected at the group’s next meeting in May 2010.  This gives Sigma time to complete its acquisition, meld the two management teams as one, and ramp up for the build out of a transformational market opportunity in the wired home networking space.




HomePNA Announces First Technology Summit (And I Am Going to This Event)

August 10, 2009 3:08 AM in CopperGate , HomePNA  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

HomePNA recently announced that it was holding its first Technology Summit to be held September 30 and October 1, 2009 in Houston Texas.  The Summit, which is also being promoted by the FTTH Council, will be co-located with the 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo. The Summit will focus on technical and business insights surrounding HomePNA technology and its role in enabling an advanced digital home experience for end users.

The Summit will feature speakers from among the world's largest service providers, including AT&T, Telefonica, YES, TELUS, Tata Sky and Bell Aliant who will discuss HomePNA's role in creating compelling and competitive home networking and IPTV product portfolios for their respective companies. The show also features CopperGate- a leading G.hn chip vendor and HomeGrid Forum Board Member that will be discussing the future of home networking.

Given that HomePNA was standardized by ITU, and given that ITU is driving the G.hn standard, it would stand to reason that I should go to this event. 

I am going to listen and learn from the sessions.  If your company would like to share your views on G.hn’s impact and roadmap, send me an email to:  alan at weinkrantz dot com and I will schedule an interview with you.

See you in Houston!

It’s A Small World, After All….

March 16, 2009 1:03 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , CopperGate , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomePNA , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Outside of the U.S., consumers in countries large and small alike are looking to be part of the wired home networking revolution.

According to market research firm, Multimedia Research Group, by 2012, North America will have only about 17% share of the total worldwide subscribers (but it will dominate the global market in terms of gross service provider revenues.)

Taking a clue from this data, I think it’s important to look in various parts of the world as to how and where the wired home networking revolution and the deployment of the G.hn standard will take hold.

When I look for indicators, I look at data from market research firms, design wins, new technology, and new product announcements from vendors. In the transition to G.hn, the vendors still have technology-- and a product pipeline to fill.

Case in point:  last week, chip vendor, CopperGate Communications announced a design win with Codetel, the largest telco in the Dominican Republic.  At the other end of the spectrum, today CopperGate is announcing its new CopperGate CG3210M chipset. It is the next generation HomePNA-based solution for multi-dwelling units (MDU) and hospitality applications in Asia. They’re claiming delivery of up to 190 Mbit/s of IP traffic and is a third of the price for DOCSIS 3.0-based solutions to deliver the same throughput.

The CopperGate announcement quotes Kurt Scherf, VP and Principal Analyst with Parks Assocations as saying “This new product will be particularly well-positioned in Asian markets because of the rapidly-growing middle class of consumers who are seeking these amenities for their apartments.”

That’s pretty telling in that going forward, I think we all need to keep an eye on the market outside of the United States.

 Now, back to my headline for a minute.

In remembering the song, “It’s a Small World,” here is something else to remember:  the song was purposed for use at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York, a time when the old, old, old AT&T was touting its futuristic “Videophone” at the same venue. 

I wonder what would happen today if a world’s fair were being held -- you pick the country--  but with G.hn, and its potential applications as the headlining attraction. 

If I was running the show, I’d license the song from Disney, and get every service provider on planet earth to sing along, and imagine the potential of what a global, single standard like G.hn could bring to the wired home networking revolution.


The Everywire Conversation with Michael Weissman, VP - North America Marketing - Part I

January 27, 2009 5:01 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , CopperGate , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , HomePNA , Michael Weissman , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here's Part I of my conversation with CopperGate Communications' VP, North America Marketing, Michael Weissman.   Michael demonstrates "the typical" home and talks about how G.hn will work with a single chip -- and how all this infrastructure will work all work together in one single network.  Part II continues tomorrow...

The Everywire Conversation with Rami Verbin - CTO, CopperGate Communications

January 19, 2009 8:01 AM in CopperGate , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , Home Networking , P1901 , Rami Verbin , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here's my video interview with Rami Verbin, CTO, CopperGate Communications.

CopperGate Commits To G.hn

December 15, 2008 2:12 PM in CopperGate , G.hn , HomePNA , U-verse  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Picture 5 CopperGate Communications has just announced its support of G.hn.

In its press release, the company’s CEO, Gabi Helevitz reiterated its commitment to the G.hn working group from the beginning.  CopperGate has invested nearly a decade in being a pioneer in home networking, primarily being an early advocate of HomePNA

It’s interesting to watch CopperGate’s evolution as it has not only been a major player in the HomePNA standard, but now expanding its reach when it acquired the HomePlug AV business from Conexant Systems, Inc. [NASDAQ - CNXT] in May.  This makes CopperGate the first semiconductor company with home networking technologies supporting all three wire types – coax, phone and power lines.

To date, the company’s biggest design win has been with AT&T.  Earlier this month, the world’s largest telco announced that it had reached a major milestone by having its 1,000,000th living unit on U-verse, the company’s IPTV and triple play service offering.  CopperGate’s chipsets are found in each set top box and residential gateway installed in an AT&T’s customers’ home.

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