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January 18, 2011 8:01 PM in Chano Gomez , Lantiq | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I caught up with Lantiq's Director of Business Development, Chano Gomez, who gave an update on recent product announcements and vision of Lantiq expanding its business beyond the Access Network and the CPE markets, and into the wired home network, with G.hn technologies.
The Chano Gomez Interview Re: Lantiq's Family of Chips Supporting Global ITU-T G.hn Standard for Home Networking Applications
January 03, 2011 10:01 PM in Chano Gomez , Lantiq | 0 comments | 0 TrackBack
Lantiq has just announced a chip new family supporting the ITU-T G.hn Home Networking standard. Lantiq XWAY™ HNX devices will provide manufacturers of consumer, computing and smart home electronics with the foundation for in-home networks that can be connected using any combination of phone, power and cable wiring.
I had a chance to catch up with Chano Gomez, Director of Business Development for the company.
Q: Why did Lantiq go into G.hn?
Well, Lantiq is one the leading suppliers of chips for voice and broadband applications. We started first providing chips for the equipment that goes into a Telco Central Office (CO): things like voice lines, ADSL or VDSL ports, etc. We later entered the business of Customers Premises Equipment (CPE), again including ADSL, VDSL and voice, but also GPON, DECT, Ethernet, etc.
The next logical step for us was to go beyond the CPE, and to get into the business of chips for home networks. We made two acquisitions that gave us quick access to both wired (G.hn) and wireless (802.11n) home networking technologies - as we knew that both would be key building blocks needed by our customers.
Q: But why G.hn and not some other wired technology?
When we started looking into the wired home networking market, we realized that it was heavily fragmented, with multiple technologies that (a) didn't work with each other and (b) only addressed specific market segments (like powerline networking only, or coaxial networking only).
G.hn solved both problems at the same time: (a) it's an international standard (ITU-T has hundreds of Telcos as members, and it has a long history of developing standards that are quickly adopted by Telcos around the world) so it could facilitate interoperable products from multiple vendors, and (b) it could work across any physical medium.
The last part (working in any medium) makes it very attractive for silicon vendors, because it reduces your risk thanks to market segment diversification. Designing a new chip is very expensive, so you want to make sure you'll be able to use that chip in as many different markets as possible. Today, only G.hn gives you that kind of diversity. Using the same chip in multiple markets provides advantages not only to us, but also to our customers - who can benefit from economies of scale.
Q: You mention that you see G.hn as an extension of your access business. How did that influence the way in you conceived your G.hn product?
It had a huge influence. One of the main goals for us was to ensure that we could offer to our service provider customers all the features that they are used to have in their access networks. Things like remote management, strict QoS policies or automatic crosstalk management - they all have these tools today in their access networks, but in general they are not available in today's home networks. So we have put a lot of effort on enabling these features in our new HNX product line, and you can see that in some of the technologies we are introducing, like XWAY(™) STREAM or XWAY(™) Probe.
Q: One of the biggest trend during 2010 was the move to mobile devices, tablets, and many applications that rely on wireless technologies. Is this the right time to invest in non-wireless technologies?
First of all, let me clarify that we don't see G.hn as competing with wireless technologies. Quite the opposite, we see them as complementary in many ways. Let me give you two examples:
First example: WiFi extenders. These are small wireless access points that you can install anywhere in your home where you get a weak signal from your main access point (the one in your broadband router). How is this WiFi extender connected to your router? With a wired connection, usually power wires. This is a nice example of how a wired technology like G.hn can help you get a better wireless experience in your home.
A second example is the concept of using wired G.hn networks to offload your wireless network. If your wireless network is heavily loaded with data intensive transmissions from your Network Attached Storage, or a Netflix video stream, you may have little bandwidth left for your iPhone or iPad. If, on the other hand, you use a wired connection like G.hn for your data intensive applications, then your wireless network will have more capacity available for your handheld devices.