DS2 and Cavium Networks Collaborate to offer Powerline-based HD Video Distribution to Flat Panel Displays

  • Cavium Networks' netHD platform supports DS2 powerline connectivity

Valencia, SPAIN and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 3, 2009 – DS2, the leading technology innovator and global supplier of high-speed powerline communications technology and Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, video and security applications, today announced their collaboration to offer 1080p60 HD video distribution to flat panel displays using DS2 powerline networking devices. HD video distribution using DS2 and Cavium chips will be used by consumer electronic manufacturers, service providers, gaming console vendors and after market gateway and HDMI cable replacement vendors to connect multiple video sources with flat panel displays without wires.

Cavium Networks' netHD technology with DS2's powerline technology uses standard H.264 video encoding, IP networking and quality of service techniques to distribute 1080p60 high quality video to flat panel displays in the home. DS2 provides up to 200Mbps of bandwidth over existing home wiring used by displays and plugged-in consumer video content sources. Additionally, DS2 technology provides the required quality of service and throughput to provide a smooth and high-quality HD video experience to the end user.

"HDMI video cable replacement and distribution in the home from multiple sources to flat panels is the next big disruptive application for powerline but has not gained traction yet because of the lack of cost effective, high-performance, low-latency 1080p60 encoders," said José Encabo, Business Development and Sales Manager, DS2. "We are happy to partner with Cavium and use their real-time PureVu H.264 codecs to enable real time HD video distribution to a wide range of displays, consumer electronic, gaming and gateway products."

"Cavium's realtime PureVu video processors are enabling a new paradigm for in-home video distribution," said Mark Dolan, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances at Cavium Networks. "We are excited to offer DS2 powerline connectivity with our netHD evaluation platform."

The netHD evaluation platform provides a cost effective, ready-to-use and feature rich development platform to build next generation in-home HD Video distribution systems called netHD gateways. The platform integrates the Cavium Networks' PureVu CNW3602 and OCTEON CN50XX MIPS64 processor. The platform offers 2x HDMI interfaces, 1x VGA input, 1x SPDIF audio output, 1x GE port and 1x USB 2.0 host. The HDMI interfaces can input 1080p60 HD video and send a secure compressed video stream via DS2’s powerline technology to a receiving flat panel that displays the HD video. The netHD evaluation platform ships with ready-to-use software called the netHD application.

The netHD platform and development software kit is immediately available from Cavium Networks. For pricing and more information on how to order a netHD evaluation platform please contact Cavium Networks.

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 Communication          
Tel: +34 627 00 96 49                               .                      
Email: ann.whyte@ds2.es

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

Cavium Networks is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing in networking, communications, storage, wireless, video and security applications. Cavium Networks offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software compatible processors ranging in performance from 10Mbps to 20Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access & service provider equipment. Cavium Networks processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium Networks principal offices are in Mountain View, California with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.caviumnetworks.com.

Angel Atondo
Marketing Manager
Tel: (650) 623-7033
Email: angel.atondo@caviumnetworks.com

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