DS2 introduces low-cost 100Mbps powerline chipset for networking applications

December 10, 2007

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VALENCIA, Spain -- DS2 has announced the availability of its MONTGO powerline communications chipset for the consumer market. MONTGO provides a maximum data rate of 100Mbps and is specifically targeted at data networking applications. Products designed for internet sharing, audio distribution or data networking applications will benefit from the extremely low cost of MONTGO, which offers full interoperability with DS2's highly successful UPA-DHS compliant 200Mbps product (Universal Powerline Association Digital Home Systems Standard) and future 400Mbps powerline products that offer higher performance levels for the requirements of video networking.

MONTGO will be sampling during Q1 2008 and will be available in volume during Q2 2008. The chipset (comprised of the DSS8101 PHY/MAC chip and the DSS7800 AFE chip) will be priced at $5.55 in volume.

Chano Gomez, Vice-President of Technology and Strategic Partnerships at DS2 said: "Until today, equipment manufacturers have been offered medium-speed Powerline ICs that are expensive (between $8 and $10 for an 85Mbps and $5.00 for 14 Mbps Powerline IC from Intellon) and which are not compatible with higher speed 200Mbps products. Consumers are then offered products that lack high performance and that risk becoming obsolete as the industry moves to 200Mbps, 300 Mbps and future 400Mbps. Our new MONTGO chipset solves these two problems: it's very competitively priced at $5.55 and can interoperate with 200Mbps and future 400Mbps powerline products. This provides a very compelling proposition to device manufacturers, service providers and consumers."

Design of Systems on Silicon (DS2)

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