Home Networking Leader DS2 ships over 2.6 Million 200Mbps Powerline Communications Chipsets

  • Now has the largest market share in the emerging high-speed Powerline Communications market for multimedia home networking applications and BPL services

Valencia, SPAIN - 10 September, 2007 - DS2, the leading supplier for Universal Powerline Association (UPA) technology, today announced that total shipments of its 200Mbps UPA compliant Powerline Communications chipsets for home streaming of HD video content, audio files and other formats, such as photographs, have now reached 2.6 million.

These unit sales give DS2 the largest market share in the emerging high-speed Powerline Communications market for multimedia home networking applications and Broadband over Powerline (BPL) services. The company also announced positive half year growth rates representing a 200 per cent increase in revenue - testimony to a buoyant consumer market for DS2’s high speed Integrated Circuits (ICs).  

These chipsets have been manufactured by DS2 and shipped to makers of home networking and BPL equipment, including Comtrend, Corinex Communications, D-link, NETGEAR, and Buffalo for use in home networking products, IPTV and BPL services.

"We are pleased to see the powerline market rapidly moving to 200Mbps in order to satisfy the growing demands of today's 'Digital Home' applications," said Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO of NETGEAR. "We look forward to participating with DS2 to enhance the market adoption of this important technology."

DS2 ICs not only meet today's point-to-point multimedia networking application requirements but support multipoint networking with full self-install capabilities so that a commercial solution based on DS2's 200Mbps ICs is ideally suited for use in mass rollout of multimedia commercial services such as IPTV.

"We chose DS2 devices because they are leading the market in AV-capable powerline devices and their OEMs offered BT Vision the most feature-rich products at the best price," said Richard Griffiths, Director of Technology Strategy and Development, BT Retail Technology, BT Vision.  

The success of DS2’s 200Mbps Powerline Communication chipset over competing IC offerings for multimedia applications is due to the ability of DS2 to deliver long-term value to the customer.

"DS2's 200Mbps ICs include built in AES encryption which provides the best security available today so that customers can be guaranteed that their network is really their network," said Peter Sobotka, CEO Corinex Communications.

DS2 products provide the lowest risk of returns, the highest customer satisfaction and the highest level of compatibility with other systems in the home. This is especially important for multimedia networking because customers expect perfect picture quality.

"All DS2 chips are fully compliant with UPA standards. Other vendors cannot guarantee interoperability between the ICs they are shipping which will add a hefty bill to the Cost of Non Quality for manufacturers," said Victor Dominguez, Chairman of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) PLT.  

Jorge Blasco, President and CEO of DS2 said: "We are especially pleased that DS2 has reached this significant milestone, the shipment of our two-and-a-half millionth chipset. We were the first to identify the market need for multimedia capable Powerline ICs and the first to offer 200Mbps IC on the market. Clearly these chipsets allow manufacturers and service providers to continue to add value to the home network and to commercial services such as IPTV, with easy-to-use, self-install, self-configuring products that deliver whole home multimedia applications."

About DS2
DS2 is the world's leading supplier of the 200Mbps technology that enables home networking and broadband access over power line, coaxial cable, and telephone wire. DS2 pioneered the industry with the introduction of its 200Mbps chipsets, creating the fastest and highest performance solution for simultaneous data, digital audio and high-definition video transmission. Two pre-eminent industry groups, the Universal Powerline Association (UPA) and the European Union consortium OPERA (Open PLC European Research Alliance) have adopted DS2 technology in support of multi-vendor standard certified product. For more information, please visit www.ds2.es.

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DS2 - Director of Corporate Communications
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