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Entropic's EN7305 Fully-Integrated, Cost-Optimized IP-Client System-on-a-Chip Enables Highest Quality Video Delivery and Playback With HEVC and MoCA 2.0

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (The Cable Show – Booth #2001) -- Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced the availability of its EN7305, a single-chip, fully-integrated set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) for IP-Client devices. The EN7305 integrates 1080p60 High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) decoding, Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®) 2.0 home networking, support for all major broadcast security systems and 3D graphics acceleration – offering operators best-in-class video delivery and quality at each TV viewing location in the home.

As the gateway/client architecture becomes more prevalent in cable topologies, the need for cost-sensitive IP-Client devices with MoCA for home networking and HEVC for seamless, low bandwidth video playback is more critical. To distribute connected entertainment from the gateway or cloud, the EN7305 leverages Entropic's third-generation MoCA 2.0 technology; to enable more efficient bandwidth usage for entertainment playback, the EN7305 uses advanced 1080p60 HEVC decoder compression technology. By supporting HEVC, operators can save on transmission bandwidth and expand their content and services offering by improving video quality, increase the number of channels offered, and/or utilize the free bandwidth to provide new IP services.

"We designed the EN7305 to address the evolving architecture of the cable home as well as allow operators to find new ways to reduce operational costs. For example, by supporting HEVC decoding, operators can increase their flexibility to acquire new content and minimize their diversity of content sources," said Matt Rhodes, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Entropic. "By using advanced mixed signal technologies, we developed an impressive IP-Client solution that offers an integrated, low power design with a price per performance value that is unmatched when compared to competitive solutions."

Entropic's EN7305 delivers high-end features for IP-Client devices including:

  • Increased Video Efficiency: 1080p60 HEVC decoding empowers operators to save transmission bandwidth relative to H.264 or MPEG-2;
  • Advanced Home Networking: Mature third-generation MoCA 2.0 RF and MAC/PHY networking to enable net throughput (MAC) rates of 400+ Mbps;
  • Eye-catching Graphics: OpenGL ES 2.0 support using ARM® Mali™-400 3D graphics acceleration for attractive user interfaces with multi-plane video and graphics compositing;
  • Lower Power Consumption: Use of 28nm low power process technology minimizes active power consumption in the STB as compared to other integrated SoCs and aggressive standby modes with dedicated power management microcontroller for idle power savings; and
  • Lower System Costs: Cost optimized Bill of Material (BOM) through DDR3 or DDR4 memory interface, integrated audio amplifiers, video filters, ESD protection and key I/O systems for IP clients.

Availability

Entropic's EN7305 is sampling in Q2 2014 to early access customers. The Company also offers a non-MoCA 2.0 version, the EN7304, which is also sampling in Q2 2014 to early access customers. The new solution is being demonstrated at The Cable Show 2014 (Entropic Booth #2001), which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from April 29-May 1, 2014.

For more information on the EN7300-series, visit Entropic's solutions website.

About Entropic

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, please visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com, read our blog Entropic Topics, or get social with us at @Entropic_News, or on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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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 SoC or MoCA technologies, their related prospects and their role in the future of connected home entertainment. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 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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