Gigle Semiconductor's Entertainment-Grade System-on-Chip Family Secures HomePlug Powerline Networking Certification



    - Gigle solution positions HomePlug(R) AV as the only high
definition-class powerline communications technology to have more than one
certified silicon vendor -
    

    
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., BARCELONA, Spain and EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 29
/PRNewswire/ --  Gigle Semiconductor, the leading developer of "any wire"
multimedia home networking solutions, today announced that its GGL541 and
GGL301 system-on-chip integrated circuits have been certified HomePlug(R)
AV-compliant by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. The availability of
alternative sources of supply that deliver entertainment-grade performance and
reliability is expected to further accelerate the adoption of HomePlug(R) AV,
and provide consumer and IT product companies with the confidence to embed
devices in a broad range of products.
    

    
    "The ability to reliably deliver high-definition content to any location
in the home is the holy grail of home entertainment networking," said Juan
Carlos Riveiro, president and CEO of Gigle. "Combining the proven capability
of HomePlug(R) AV on powerline with Gigle's mediaxtream(TM) 1Gbps technology
on any wire provides consumers with vastly more robust coverage and higher
data throughput than any other solution available today."
    

    
    Gigle's system-on-chip family comprises two devices which are
interoperable with other certified HomePlug(R) AV integrated circuits. The
GGL541 dual-channel integrated circuit combines HomePlug(R) AV on powerline
with a second channel delivering Gigle's mediaxtream(TM) 1Gbps technology
simultaneously on powerline, coaxial cable or phone line. The two channels
form a self-configuring mesh network that increases network coverage and
reliability. The GGL301 is a pure HomePlug(R) AV device. Unlike alternative
two- or three-device chipsets, both of Gigle's devices are fully integrated
single chip solutions that combine the analog front end, digital signal
processing and memory on a single die. This optimizes system product cost and
makes it easier to embed Gigle's devices inside consumer electronics and IT
products.
    

    
    While other home networking technologies make use of only one medium -
powerline, coaxial cable or phoneline - Gigle's flagship device, the GGL541,
can operate on two media simultaneously. Using two media significantly
improves overall network reliability as signal inhibitors on one media can be
bypassed on the other. Also, the number of network points increases so that
every power socket and every coaxial cable or phone socket is a network
connection point.
    

    
    "Gigle's certification is a significant milestone for the HomePlug(R) AV
standard and the multimedia home networking market," said Rob Ranck, president
of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "HomePlug continues to be the only global
powerline networking alliance with certified products from multiple chip
vendors.  Product developers and service providers can deploy HomePlug(R) AV
with the assurance that comes with alternative sources of supply."
    

    
    Products based on GGL541 and GGL301 are expected to be available to
consumers later in 2009.
    

    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 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.
    


    
    HomePlug is a registered trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance,
Inc.  All other trademarks, trade names and service marks mentioned and/or
used belong to their respective owners.
    








    




For further information:

For further information: David Sorensen, VP Marketing, Gigle
Semiconductor, +1-650-592-3810, david.sorensen@giglesemiconductor.com; or
Carolyn Fromm, President, Magnet PR Group, +1-949-651-9539,
Carolyn@magnetprgroup.com Web Site: http://www.gigle.biz

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