Texas Instruments and Intellon Collaborate to Expand Options for Delivering Triple Play Services Throughout the Home
Joint Residential Gateway Reference Designs to Combine Leading 200 Mbps HomePlug® AV standards-based solution and DSL Technologies
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI), the leading provider of digital signal processing solutions, and Intellon Corporation, the leading provider of HomePlug® powerline communications ICs for home networking, today announced a collaboration to jointly develop and market residential gateway (RG) reference designs to accelerate delivery of data, voice and multimedia content throughout the home. The relationship is expected to result in comprehensive RG solutions that allow service providers to offer consumers high definition IPTV and triple play services over existing electrical wires.
"TI is committed to delivering flexible RG solutions that give service providers multiple options for delivering the latest video, voice and data services to and through the home," said Kurt Eckles, director of marketing and customer support for TI's Residential Gateway and Embedded Systems business unit. "By combining Intellon's HomePlug AV-based powerline communications ICs with TI UR8 platforms for the residential gateway market, together we are poised to expand home connectivity options and fuel growth opportunities for service providers well into the future."
The joint reference designs will be based on TI's UR8 architecture that offers the flexibility for connectivity over all ADSL and VDSL2 standards. Based on an advanced multimedia gateway processor, the UR8 platform is designed to support multiple home networking options and variations of feature functionality, including enhanced voice capabilities and advanced video services. TI announced availability of five new xDSL solutions from its UR8 family earlier this month.
Intellon's INT6000 powerline IC will be included in the joint reference designs. Based on global standard 200Mbps HomePlug AV specification, the IC enables multiple high-definition video streams to be distributed over existing home powerlines, coaxial cable or other wiring with whole-house coverage, low latency, and robust Quality of Service (QoS) demanded by emerging in-home video and audio applications.
"By leveraging our mutual strengths, the joint Intellon-TI offerings will help service providers capitalize on the continued growth of the home networking market," said Andreas Melder, senior vice president of strategic business development at Intellon. "Consumers are looking for enhanced capabilities without the complication or cost of additional wires, and we are pleased to be working with TI to address home communications and connectivity requirements."
The two companies expect to offer their first reference designs during the first quarter of 2007. For more information on Intellon's HomePlug AV products, visit www.intellon.com/products/homeplugav. For information on TI's UR8 architecture and family of solutions for the RG market, visit www.ti.com/ur8.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses include Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.
About Intellon Corporation
Intellon is the world leader in powerline communications, providing HomePlug compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access and commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the new HomePlug AV powerline standard. With more than six million HomePlug ICs sold, Intellon holds the dominant market share of the rapidly growing HomePlug market. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Ocala, Florida, with offices in San Jose and Toronto. For additional information, visit www.intellon.com.
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