Entropic & Intel Digital Home Group to Demonstrate UPnP Quality of Service 3.0

  • Posted on: 11 August 2009
  • By: chw staff

Entropic EN2510Entropic Communications, a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment is joining forces with the Intel Digital Home Group at the CableLabs Summer Conference 2009 in Keystone, Colo., to showcase the world's first demonstration of the newly ratified Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Quality of Service (QoS) 3.0 specification over MoCA on a set-top box (STB) platform. The demonstration utilizes Entropic's EN2510 single-chip, coaxial network controller and RF transceiver, which is based on the MoCA 1.1 standard and the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on the company's popular Intel architecture.

UPnP is an international standard for device interoperability on IP networks. UPnP QoS 3.0 is a new specification that defines a framework for policy-based parameterized Quality of Service (QoS), essentially bridging the gap between service provider and broadband network solutions to provide end-to-end management of user devices within the home.

"As the industry moves toward converged services allowing for the sharing of personal and premium content on the same network, the need for a reservation-based quality of service manager becomes a critical component to guaranteeing content delivery," said Dr. Anton Monk, vice president technology, Entropic Communications. "By leveraging the synergies of Entropic's EN2510 and the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, we are demonstrating UPnP QoS 3.0 over MoCA and how it can ultimately deliver on the need for a competitive solution that guarantees bandwidth."

"Entropic and Intel share a common vision and mutual interest for the global expansion of ubiquitous connected home entertainment," said Bob Ferreria, general manager, Cable Segment, Digital Home Group, Intel Corporation. "By working together, we are demonstrating how MSOs can enable future convergence of high-bandwidth, personal content applications without compromising the delivery of premium service offerings."

The demonstration will showcase Entropic's EN2510 single-chip, coaxial network controller and RF transceiver, which is optimized for MoCA 1.1 applications and capable of delivering up to 175 Mbps throughput by using the CE 3100 SoC that features a powerful processor core with leading-edge A/V processing that can play 1080p video and serve up 3-D graphics with up to 7.1 surround sound. Additionally, a server streaming video to multiple client devices along with a traffic generator to simulate additional network traffic will be featured. Using the newly ratified UPnP QoS 3.0 specification, parameterized QoS flows will be set up for one of the video streams thus guaranteeing its bandwidth. The non-guaranteed stream will suffer degradation as the network traffic is increased. This demonstration will be the first in the world to show these capabilities using set-top box reference platforms.

About Entropic's EN2510
Entropic's EN2510 is the first c.LINK product to integrate the baseband MAC/PHY, analog front-end and the RF transceiver into a small 15x15 mm package. Entropic's award-winning c.LINK technology is already deployed in millions of homes to deliver high throughput capable of handling multiple streams of HD video with operator levels of robustness and quality of service. Fabricated in a 65nm advanced sub-micron process, the EN2510 delivers PHY data rates in excess of 250 Mbps while significantly reducing power consumption compared to previous generations. The EN2510 is fully compliant with the latest MoCA 1.1 specification, DLNA interoperable and adds a number of performance and feature enhancements over previous c.LINK solutions.