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Multi-PHY Switch Enables MSI to Deliver Streaming HD Video

Tue, 08/24/2010 - 9:35am
Gigle Networks today announced that MSI has selected the company's GGL541 system-on-chip gigabit intelligent multi-PHY switch for its top-of-the-line home-networking solution. The GGL541 solution gives MSI's ePower 1000 HD adapter the necessary bandwidth and reliability to deliver whole-home HD video streaming while retaining full interoperability with other IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV products.

The MSI ePower 1000 HD adapter operates on the HomePlug AV / IEEE 1901 standard and in addition uses Gigle Networks' Mediaxtream technology to extend performance to gigabit data rates. It allows multiple Ethernet-enabled computing or entertainment devices to share Internet connections, printers and files, and to be used for on-line gaming and watching various forms of HD content. All of these experiences would be available concurrently, from different rooms in the home using a home's existing power lines.

"Our ePower 1000 HD adapter delivers the necessary low-latency bandwidth for HD video streaming along with ultra-easy network setup and management," said Daniel Kiel, product manager, Communication and Peripherals with MSI. "We have been a longtime supplier of power-line adapter solutions and are now offering an entirely new class of entertainment-grade power-line performance with Gigle Networks' multi-PHY switching technology, which significantly extends the capabilities of HomePlug technology while still delivering full interoperability and performance using standards-based IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV products."

"MSI's ePower 1000 HD adapter is an exciting new product and we are pleased to have played an important role in its development," said Rick Walker, director, EU sales with Gigle Networks. "MSI has used the GGL541 chipset and our Mediaxtream technology to deliver Gigabit-class wireline performance with minimum latency along with outstanding reliability and power efficiency. MSI customers can simply plug the ePower 1000 HD adapter into any electrical outlet and immediately create a best-in-class entertainment networking connection capable of streaming HD video to any location in the home."

Gigle Networks' fully integrated GGL541 solution incorporates a variety of capabilities that are critical for optimizing network performance and coverage in a home's challenging signal environments. The GGL541 chipset also meets European 2011 Code of Conduct requirements for adapter Quality of Service (QoS) that further optimizes video distribution throughout the home, and includes Gigle Networks' Xtendnet™ intelligent switching technology, which amplifies and re-times signals on the powerline for improved network coverage.

For optimum power efficiency, the GGL541 solution includes a standby mode that reduces power consumption to less than 1 watt when the device is not in use. The GGL541 solution is compliant with the European framework directive that sets eco design requirements for Energy using Products (EuP), including all active and standby power requirements for adapters as defined by the EuP Lot 6.

About Gigle Networks: Plug into the Fun

Gigle Networks provides System­on-Chip (SoC) integrated circuits and complete system solutions for multimedia home networking that can extend wired and wireless Ethernet everywhere in the home – without the need for new wires. Targeted for applications such as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), broadband TV (BBTV), video on demand (VoD), and voice over IP (VoIP), Gigle Networks' products offer superior performance, coverage and Quality of Service (QoS) when compared to alternative communication technologies, and are designed to be easily integrated into consumer electronics and networked products. Gigle Networks is a strong supporter of open standards, a board member of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, and an active participant in the IEEE 1901 standards body and the ITU-T G.hn wireline standardization initiative. Gigle Networks has offices in Redwood City, Calif., Barcelona, Spain, and Edinburgh, UK.

About MSI

Founded in 1986, MSI strives to design and manufacture superior technology and innovative products, while offering outstanding customer service. MSI has continued to uphold a business philosophy that stresses "Award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service." MSI specializes in the design and manufacture of mainboards, graphics cards, desktop PCs, all-in-one PCs, wireless communication products, and Notebook PCs. To learn more about MSI's complete product lines, please visit: www.us.msi.com.

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