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Actiontec Selects Entropic's MoCA Technology to Bring Wi-Fi to More Places in the Home(September 11, 2013)
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced its Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®) silicon, the EN2510, powers the Actiontec WCB3000, the latest MoCA-to-Wi-Fi® network adapter in Actiontec's Whole Home Wireless portfolio. The new device will be on display this week at the IBC Exhibition in Amsterdam at the RAI Convention Center, September 13-17, 2013, at Entropic's Meeting Suite in Hall 13 – Suite G106/G017.
According to Actiontec's Spring 2013 Connected Home study on U.S. domestic Wi-Fi habits, 72 percent of the 1200 respondents reported at least one wireless problem or deficiency in their wireless Internet, and 67 percent experienced Wi-Fi dropouts while checking e-mail. As whole-home multiscreen use increases, current Wi-Fi networks will become increasingly insufficient in the face of rising bandwidth and coverage demands.
The new Actiontec WCB3000 solves Wi-Fi coverage problems by using Entropic's MoCA technology to reliably extend the Wi-Fi signal to more places in the home—distributing broadband coverage over the home's existing coax wiring.
The solution employs a MoCA network backbone to eliminate unpredictable Wi-Fi coverage that can occur when the in-home wireless signal is blocked by physical structures in the home (i.e. walls, multiple floors) and/or interference from other equipment (i.e. cordless phones, microwave ovens). By connecting the Actiontec WCB3000 to the wired MoCA backbone, consumers can add a Wi-Fi Access Point into an area where Wi-Fi connectivity is sporadic, low, or non-existent, or where they wish to improve Wi-Fi connectivity for high-bandwidth applications like video streaming.
Simply stated, by using a wired MoCA connection, the WCB3000 can deliver stronger signals, faster speeds, and better coverage compared to wireless extenders that do not use a wired connection.
"Actiontec's WCB3000 uses proven MoCA technology from Entropic to address the increasingly relevant challenge of whole home wireless coverage," said Brian Henrichs, chief business development officer at Actiontec Electronics. "WCB3000 is one of the ways that Actiontec is bringing Wi-Fi to more places in the home, enabling consumers to enjoy their favorite content on their favorite device, wherever they want. We're working with Entropic to ensure that these Wi-Fi experiences are powered by robust and reliable MoCA technology to maximize wireless freedom in the home."
"Consumers should be able to stream movies, surf the web and enjoy online gaming without buffering, dropped signals or packet-loss," said Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "Actiontec's advanced WCB3000 incorporating our EN2510 MoCA chip empowers a new generation of devices to ensure subscribers can go beyond 'best effort' wireless coverage to reliably enjoy entertainment services in all corners of their home."
The Actiontec WCB3000 with Entropic's MoCA solution is available today.
About Actiontec Electronics
Actiontec Electronics develops broadband-powered solutions that connect people to the Internet, applications, and content they care about. Our products — including gigabit Ethernet fiber routers, high speed VDSL gateways, DSL modems, and home networking solutions — are deployed by some of the largest telecom carriers in North America. We listen to our customers, delivering future-proof solutions that help them stay competitive today and tomorrow, with faster access rates, advanced performance, and exciting applications. Our innovation has been recognized throughout the industry, with numerous awards. As a minority owned company, we're committed to the world we live in by promoting diversity among our employees and partners, and actively pushing a variety of green programs designed to reduce the carbon footprint of our company, and customers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan.
Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com.
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Forward Looking Statements:
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's MoCA technology, its related prospects and its role in the future of home networking. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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