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16 June 2016

Hirschmann is first to MaxLinear’s 1.2 Gbps bonded MoCA 2.0 chips

By Charles Hall

Netherlands based Hirschmann Multimedia has selected MaxLinear’s MoCA chips for a new line of bonded MoCA 2.0-based home networking products it calls “Moka”. They are aimed at service providers, which have been primarily cablecos and satcos although some telcos have selected MoCA as their home network technology. Netherlands is one of the most dense markets in Europe for coax around the home due to the incidence of cable. This makes MoCA 2.0 suitable for using installed coax as a home backhaul ahead of powerline.

At last week’s AngaCom 2016 in Cologne, Hirschmann Multimedia showed its Moka plugin module for the company’s newest in-home amplifiers, a new Moka WiFi extender and a USB-powered Moka Mini. They are in addition to its existing Moka adapter series. The MoCA-enabled in-home amplifiers co-exist with DOCSIS 3.1 and enable internet connection the distribution of broadband throughout the home over existing coax. When combined with the Moka WiFi adapter and the USB-powered Moka Mini, the user is able to deliver broadband rates to any device, anywhere in their home.

Hirschmann said the MxL370x is “the world’s highest performance coax home networking solution with the greatest level of integration and lowest power in the market.” It provides 1.2 Gbps of aggregate MAC throughput between up to 16 nodes equipped with MaxLinear MxL370x devices and is backward interoperable with MoCA 1.x and MoCA 2.0 bonded and single-channel nodes. MaxLinear got its MoCA technology when it acquired Entropic, the original developer of MoCA technology.

The MxL370x is a family of bonded MoCA 2.0 devices that Hirschmann said are “the industry’s only single-chip bonded MoCA 2.0 solution – that incorporates six generations of MoCA technology and the field experience gained from over 120 million chips shipped.” The MxL370x has an enhanced mode that makes it capable of 1.2 Gbps when communicating with other MxL370x devices on a network. Users can achieve 1 Gbps in all parts of their home. That will allow service providers “a high capacity, robust MoCA network in the home,” which it said enables operators “to eliminate support calls from users who feel like their service levels are below those promised.”

The company said “service providers are making significant investments in new service delivery technologies that can deliver data throughput of up to 1 Gbps to the home.” They want to differentiate themselves from competitors. One way, Hirschmann Multimedia said, is deploying home network technologies that provide a reliable in-home network that can be managed remotely. That, it said, eliminates costly customer support calls and increases service providers’ ARPU.

Hirschmann Multimedia touted the benefits of MoCA compared to powerline networking by saying other “no new wire” solutions are limited to about 200 Mbps and provide unpredictable performance. By comparison, it said, only MoCA delivers proven, “no-excuses” performance at speeds beyond 1 Gbps and “MoCA provides the most cost effective path to future proofing the in-home backbone without having to pull new wires.”

It also said the transition to IPTV, the growth in viewing UHD content and the increase in the number of connected devices is driving demand for bandwidth within homes.

Will Torgerson, MaxLinear’s VO and GM of its broadband group, said, “Hirschmann has unique insight into the needs of the European consumer and, as a consequence, it has been a strong proponent of using MoCA over other technologies. By providing unparalleled performance, their new products will reliably support new services from the service providers for years to come.”

Daan Bonenkamp, Hirschmann’s CTO, said “The growth of FTTH and DOCSIS3.1 means broadband delivery technologies have exceeded the capabilities of today’s home network. With MaxLinear’s bonded MoCA 2.0 technology in our new line of networking products, we can provide an extremely reliable, easy to install, high throughput connection anywhere in the home without pulling new wires. Broadband subscribers will no longer be frustrated by constant service and buffering interruptions.”

Hirschmann makes equipment for the cable, fiber and wireless industries that are installed in several millions of homes.