DS2 announces Aitana++ a new chipset that sets new energy saving standards for Powerline Communications technology in home networking and Smart Grid applications

  • Designed for Multiple Network scenarios
  • Simplifies thermal design
  • Reduces costs for device manufacturers

Valencia, SPAIN, 28th May 2009 - DS2, the leading technology innovator and global supplier of high-speed powerline communications technology today announced availability of AITANA++, its third-generation 200Mbps Powerline Communication (PLC) chipset, that will formally launch at Computex, Tawian, on 2 June 2009. AITANA++ will allow equipment vendors to design the most compact, secure and environmentally friendly powerline communications products available. The reduced BOM (Bill of Materials) costs reduces costs for device manufacturers.

The AITANA++ chipset sets new industry standards in lowering power consumption in both operation and stand-by modes. While in use, AITANA++ consumes 30 per cent less power than previous products and in stand-by mode, reduces its consumption by 70 per cent. This development not only reduces energy costs, it also simplifies the thermal design for embedded applications such as set top boxes, home gateways, remote speaker systems, IP cameras or personal computers.

"AITANA++ provides a complete Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows systems designers to customise the firmware running in the chipset's microprocessor. Systems designers don't have to develop all advanced features from scratch," said Chano Gomez, DS2 VP Marketing. DS2 baseline firmware provides features such as AES-128/256 with push button security, LED status lights, 802.1p/TOS Quality of Service and Multicast support. AITANA++ comes with on-chip support for trademark DS2 features, such as mesh networking for whole home coverage, secure firmware upgrade, complete TCP/IP stack, support for Microsoft Windows LLTD protocol and TR-069 remote management for Service Provider applications.

"Aitana++ includes technology to optimise performance in deployments with multiple neighbour networks, which is a typical problem in Multi-Dwelling Units. This ensures that the maximum data rate is guaranteed for all networks and deployments. It increases network scalability by minimising network interference between neighbouring networks," said Victor Dominguez, DS2 VP Sales.

DS2 helps systems designers to reduce their time-to-market by providing a ready-to-manufacture reference design (DW250F) for the AITANA++ chipset. DS2 will be demonstrating this new product at Booth #425, Nangang Hall, Taipei, 2-6 June.

About DS2

DS2 is the leading technology innovator and a global provider of high-speed semiconductor solutions for Powerline Communications and other wire-line network communications products. DS2 invented high-speed Powerline Communications delivering the first 200Mbps Powerline Communications IC to enable quality multimedia home networking, networked entertainment and broadband access applications to and throughout the home, office, or building, and to and throughout urban and rural communities. Enabling the hidden multimedia network behind the power outlet is the purpose of DS2. Our mission is to engage our customers at the vanguard of innovation by creating the most advanced and sustainable powerline, coaxial and phoneline communications solutions.


Ann Whyte
DS2 -Director of Corporate Communications
Tel: +34 627 00 96 49

Manuela Whittaker
IBA, PR for DS2
Tel: +44(0)1780 721 433

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