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PMC-Sierra and Entropic Communications collaborate to extend reach of fiber for cable operators

October 21, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SAN DIEGO -- PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS - News), the premier Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, and Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR - News), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment networking, today announced they are collaborating to develop an innovative and cost-effective solution for delivering >100Mb/s broadband connectivity to each customer in MSO fiber deployments. The companies will demonstrate this concept during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Colorado, October 28-30, 2009.

As the demand for greater bandwidth grows, cable operators are evaluating the advantages of using PON technologies as an efficient method of driving fiber deeper into their networks. By combining PMC-Sierra’s high-speed standard-compliant EPON and 10G EPON solutions and Entropic’s Access solution, MSOs will be able to cost-effectively extend the reach of their networks while using the existing coax infrastructure to deliver high-speed connectivity to single-family homes and multiple-dwelling units.

The partnership leverages Entropic’s successful Access technology deployed in emerging and rapidly growing Ethernet over Coax (EoC) markets worldwide, which enables high-performance bidirectional communication over coax for MSOs. The joint demonstration will showcase Entropic’s EoC combined with PMC-Sierra’s highly scalable PON solutions, featuring a seamless fiber to coax solution using PMC-Sierra’s PAS8011 10G EPON OLT, which serves up to 32 ONUs and terminates to Entropic’s Access network controller, which supports up to 63 homes with >100Mb/s of aggregate throughput over the existing coaxial network. In addition, the demonstration will show the full network management capabilities of Entropic’s Access and PMC-Sierra’s MSO management software suite.

“Our Broadband Access solution offers a unique and cost-effective way to extend the reach of existing fiber over coax cable,” said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president, marketing and business development, Entropic. “By working with partners such as PMC-Sierra, we are able to further our mission to bring high-speed access and connected home entertainment networking solutions to the worldwide market.”

PMC-Sierra Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS)

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