Gigle Semiconductor Launches World's First Gigabit Home Networking Chip, Fuels Latest Belkin Adapters for HD Streaming and PC Gaming



    With Gigabit speeds of up to 1000Mbps(*), Belkin's Gigle-powered adapters
quickly transfer large data files and stream multiple HD movies online

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., BARCELONA, Spain and EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 23
/CNW/ - Gigle Semiconductor, the leading developer of "any wire" multimedia
home networking solutions, today unveiled the world's fastest and most
reliable entertainment-grade networking IC, and announced that lead customer
Belkin has selected the device for use in the company's recently announced
Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters. Belkin is using Gigle's GGL541 IC and
mediaxtream(TM) technology to give users an ultrafast HD entertainment network
through a home's existing electrical wiring.
    Now shipping in volume, Gigle Semiconductor's entertainment-grade GGL541
networking chip enables Belkin's Gigabit Powerline Adapters to provide a
secure, stable networking signal anywhere in the home - even for areas that
are hard to reach by wireless connections. Gigle's GGL541 dual-channel home
networking IC combines HomePlug(R) AV on powerline with a second channel that
simultaneously delivers Gigle's mediaxtream(TM) technology on powerline,
coaxial cable or phone line at physical-layer rates up to 1000Mbps(*). On-chip
intelligence either aggregates the channels for higher performance, or uses
them to form a self-configuring xtendnet(TM) mesh network that re-times and
re-generates signals, and incrementally enhances whole-house network
performance, coverage, stability and reliability as new adapters are added to
the network. The GGL541 chip maintains high data throughput even under extreme
noise conditions commonly found in powerline, phoneline and coaxial cables.
    Belkin's Gigabit Powerline Networking Adapters, which are available now
in the U.S. and due to be released in Europe in August, take advantage of
Gigle's GGL541 with mediaxtream(TM) technology to deliver high speeds, low
latencies, and consistent connections. While the current fastest Powerline
technology runs at 200Mbps, Gigabit Powerline delivers performance up to
1000Mbps(*) data rates.
    "We are excited to be using Gigle's breakthrough 'anywire' networking
technology in our latest family of high-performance, easy-to-use Gigabit
Powerline Networking Adapters," said Jim Wagner, General Manager, Networking
and AV at Belkin. "As demand for Internet video usage continues to grow, we
have delivered a product that combines a superior user experience with
unprecedented plug-and-play simplicity."
    "Belkin is one of the leading innovators in the emerging
entertainment-grade HD home networking space, and we are pleased to have
collaborated with them on a very exciting product for online HD movies, gaming
and other exciting multi-stream video networking applications," said Juan
Carlos Riveiro, President and CEO of Gigle Semiconductor.

    (*) NOTE: The standard transmission rate - 1000Mbps - is the ideal physical
data rate. Actual data throughput and distance will be lower, depending on
interference, network traffic, building materials, and other conditions.

    Availability
    Gigle's GGL541 1Gbps home networking IC for mediaxtream(TM) and
HomePlug(R)AV; and GGL301 home networking IC for HomePlug(R)AV are in volume
production.

    About Gigle Semiconductor
    Gigle Semiconductor provides system-on-chip integrated circuits for
multimedia home networking over any wire - powerline, coaxial cable, and
phoneline. Targeted for applications such as IPTV, BBTV, VoD, and VoIP,
Gigle's integrated circuits offer superior performance, coverage and quality
of service than alternative communication technologies, and are designed to be
easily integrated in consumer electronics and IT products. Gigle is a strong
supporter of open standards, a member of the HomePlug(R) Powerline Alliance
and the HomeGrid Forum and an active participant in IEEE P1901 and ITU-T G.hn
wireline standardization initiatives. Gigle has offices in Redwood City, CA;
Barcelona, Spain and Edinburgh, UK. Additional information about the company
is available at http://www.giglesemiconductor.com.

    About Belkin International, Inc.
    Belkin offers a diverse product mix that provides people with seamless
electronics integration in their homes, cars, and on the go. Founded in
California in 1983, Belkin is a privately held company and the recognized
leader in connectivity solutions, in addition to accessories for MP3 devices,
computers, and more. We provide extensive solutions for networking, home
theater - with our PureAV(R) line of cables, power, and digital wireless
accessories - and many more categories. You can view and purchase them at
www.belkin.com, as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers,
and superstores.

    Belkin's phenomenal growth has led to our expanding global presence. In
addition to corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, we now have offices
throughout Europe - in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany, among
others - and in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Shanghai, and
our regional headquarters in Hong Kong.





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For further information: Kelly Poffenberger, (714) 961-6871,
kellyp@magnetprgroup.com, or Carolyn Fromm, (949) 651-9539,
Carolyn@magnetprgroup.com, both of Magnet PR Group for Gigle Semiconductor; or
David Sorensen of Gigle Semiconductor, (650) 592-3810,
david.sorensen@giglesemiconductor.com Web Site:
http://www.giglesemiconductor.com

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